One Friday

One Friday Soldiers scourging Twisting thorns Piercing crown Purple gown Ridicule Slapping Bashing Shoving deity Meanest Mockery Guiltless Faultless Sinless Lamb Condemned Man’s maker Scrutinized Brutalized Pulverized Crucified For us.   Elizabeth Karram Mitchell Photo Credit: Paul Westel

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For Our Sake

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”      (1 Peter 2:24)             “So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe” (John 19:5).  Thirty-three […]

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Beautiful Applause

“She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Mark 14:6) Their names are not even mentioned, and yet the Lord bestowed the highest praise on three women who demonstrated courage in difficult circumstances. Their ordinary lives are not memorials for us to simply admire, but to emulate, compelling us to love the Lord more deeply […]

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Did This

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) This intriguing verse haunts me, floats inside the middle of my mind and refuses to go overboard. I can’t shake it; it’s caught in the netting of my thoughts like an inescapable notion. God dumped a life-altering command on a man named Noah, […]

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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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As Sons

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4–6) The phone call made me feel as if cartwheels were still possible! We knew our friends […]

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Lavish

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) Recently we flew far from home to spend meaningful chunks of time with our ministry partners around the world. As we came alongside our international friends we heard […]

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Poverty Stricken

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1: 7) Extraordinary artwork and impressive contemporary sculptures […]

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Limitless

“May you [mothers] be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:11-12) They are hardly perfect, these mothers that we elevate, applaud, snuggle up to for […]

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Glorious Comparison

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 Sequestered in the pediatric cardiac ICU of Boston Children’s, Miami Children’s or Shands Hospital for what seemed like an interminable period, we were consistently amazed at the remarkable and […]

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