Blind Belief

“And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” (Matthew 9:27) They desperately needed his help and, despite their obvious limitations, followed him. Two blind men had the wisdom and the courage to seek after Jesus when it couldn’t have been easy, trapped […]

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Unheard Of

“He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25) It is a small consideration in a remarkable story. Just another incredible feature alongside the extraordinary details of […]

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Routinely

“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5 The cardinal fluttered by on Friday and settled for a smidge on the garden fence, its royal red robe instantly mesmerizing. Perched on the pole like a model waiting for the cameras to roll, […]

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I Beg You

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, ‘Send us to the pigs; let us enter them. So he gave them permission.’”    Mark 5:11-13 People regularly begged Jesus for help. The Gospel stories reveal one desperate person after another imploring the Lord to assist them […]

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Completely Done

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13‐14) When Jesus rebuked the […]

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Running the Show

“This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.” (John 2:11) Servants are usually background figures, unimportant and unimpressive… except when Jesus is in the picture. Then everything changes; the ordinary explodes and the unusual occurs. Take Cana, for instance. Jesus is invited […]

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Whole Way

Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand and touched him and said to him, “I will; be clean.” (Mark 1:41) The ghastly label of leper was his sole identification, for we are not privy to his name or the city of his origin. Banished from society, his kind would not presume to scale the […]

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By The Seashore

“He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: ‘Listen.’” (Mark 4:2) The situation could easily have turned ugly. As the crowds surged toward him, they threatened to crush Christ with their aggressive behavior. The wind whipped waves and slapped them along the shoreline; he calmly maneuvered into the safety of the […]

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Waiting in Line

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34) Compassion is not a flimsy garment slung across the Savior’s shoulders; this attribute is woven through the perfect fabric of his being. When unwelcomed crowds surged forward, disrupting his vacation […]

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