Heard That Before

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38) Christmas approaches with its delightful merriment, and we extend our arms like eager children waiting to receive the wondrous advent of “peace on earth.” The beauty and brilliance of the Christmas season is […]

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Over Land Over Sea

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, […]

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Most of All

“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of […]

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Giving Thanks and All That

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.” (Psalm 92:1–2) Some people might venture through their entire life without encountering someone they believed to be absolutely extraordinary. I am not one of […]

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Every Day

“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” Psalm 145:2 Every day means even today, perhaps especially today, when the toilet is clogged, the roof is leaking, the traffic is jammed, and the flight is delayed. Every day means that today I will look for opportunities to bless God, regardless that […]

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Highway

“And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’” (Acts 3:4) At first glance, the story doesn’t seem thrilling. The man is lame; the disciples show up; the man is healed. No big deal. Jesus did it all the time. On closer inspection, when we read through the Acts […]

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Winners Circle

“If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Charging like a thoroughbred ‘round a racetrack, our thoughts hurl from one worrisome scenario to another. With time on our hands and minds on full alert, we contemplate the dreadful, the damaging, or the difficult, assuming the […]

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