Sea of Tiberias

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” John 21:4 He came to them by the Sea of Tiberias when they had lost their way. Fishing was their specialty before the Carpenter of Nazareth turned their worlds upside down and called them to […]

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Eye Opening

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Head down, arms full, fingers occupied with a million pressing tasks, and I am prone to miss out on the wonders that you supply in countless forms. Preoccupied with minutia, overwhelmed with daunting responsibilities, blinded by routines, I fail to […]

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Feast

“And he kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people.” (Luke 9:16 NAS) Such a familiar narrative, this feeding of five thousand hungry men and their needy families perched on a mountainside while they listened to Christ’s every word. Their longing for truth pinned them to the grass for days on end […]

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Mark My Words

“And they were astonished at his teaching.” (Mark 1:22)           “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching” (Mark 1:21). Enter our home, dear Lord, as you entered this city when you moved about the earth. Let this be a place where […]

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Immersed

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13) Hope surges through Scripture in the way sparkling river water conveys life to parched places. Streaming through the Word in a recurring theme, hope brims […]

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Charge

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20) While Jesus made his way throughout Galilee and Judea, he was always in charge. He was the one determining […]

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Living Color

“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of […]

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End of It All

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly…” (Mark 5:22) We know Jairus’ story as one with a happy ending. And yet, when we first meet this distraught father in Mark 5, he has no assurance his horrible dilemma […]

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Alone Time

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4) It was never designed as an entry in the “have to” category, but we shoved it into that column, making it a chore rather […]

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Mansion Truth

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32) At the point in our lives when God drew us to himself, we invited him in, committed our lives to Christ, and began an incredible journey with him as […]

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