Broad Place

“I call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3) Amazing concept, this mysterious gift of an invitation to call on God whenever we desire. We have no access to presidents or kings, queens do not lend us their ear, executives would hardly recognize our number. […]

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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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Hide and Seek

“You have said, ‘Seek my face.’ My heart says to you, ‘Your face, LORD, do I seek.’”  (Psalm 27:8) They hid among the trees of the garden, the perfect garden he created for them to enjoy. After disobeying God’s clear instructions, Adam and Eve camouflaged themselves among the trees, hidden away “from the presence of […]

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Loves Me Loves Me Not

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3) Lashes from one who should love us lacerate like sharp fangs. Rejection curls its snarling lips, extends its cavernous jaws and clamps […]

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Extension

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7) Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, what lines […]

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Presence

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4) The gray sky sagged over the ocean as if burdened by its bundles of low, soggy clouds. Our grandchildren didn’t notice that the sun had slipped away for an afternoon nap […]

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State of Heart


“For this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) Sin is a three-letter word rarely used in polite society and never mentioned in daily newscasts. It masks itself in subtle ways, blazes boldly out in front, or gnaws at us like termites nibbling […]

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Right Beside

“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 At a particularly challenging season in your life, was there at […]

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Surrounding Fog

“While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.” (Luke 24:15-­‐16)  Often we resemble the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. Downcast, we trudge along, walking away from our own confusing Jerusalem, where things have not gone as we expected. In the […]

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Small World

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19 If for a moment I conclude that God is far removed from my world, I need only skim a few pages of the Gospel to gather an altogether different […]

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