Withstood

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!” Matthew 27:28-29 We cry unfair when life’s a mess, and […]

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Versus

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13 NASB) Good versus evil. This contrast parades across our […]

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Matters

“Weeping may tarry for the night.” (Psalm 30:5) It matters that they lived, regardless how short the span. It matters on a scale of enormous significance that your friends’ loved ones drew breath for a wisp of time or for a lengthy chain of years. A life that was loved is worthy to matter to […]

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Surprise, Surprise

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (I Peter 4:12) We are often befuddled when trials poke their noses into our lives. We cringe at their unwelcome presence, startled that we are made to experience pain, aggravations, […]

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A Stone’s Throw Away

“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me;”  (Psalm 22:16-17) There are times when God reveals himself in the gentlest whisper that might easily be dismissed. At other times he shouts loud […]

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Breaks Through

“Look at him…a friend of tax collectors and sinners!” (Luke 7:34) Our friend is extremely ill. No, it’s much worse than that. Our wonderful friend is dying. We hear the news and agonize at the thought of not seeing his face again. Time with him always made us better. His stories made us laugh out […]

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Tour Guide

“For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Acts 1:17) “Treachery” is a ghastly word. It conjures up images of despicable actions with villainous intent. Judas comes quickly to mind. With a kiss reserved for friendship, he pressed his lips against the cheek of Jesus and places his evil […]

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Course Ahead

“Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being of full accord and of one mind.” (Philippians 2:2) Smack dab between confessing Jesus as the Messiah and witnessing Christ’s spectacular Transfiguration, Peter treats the Lord as if he is a naughty schoolboy talking out of turn. Knowing the horrific future […]

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The Wilderness Way

“The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.” (Mark 1:12) The wilderness appears as wasteland. The weather is scorching, the living conditions exhausting, the nourishment scanty. Weary and haggard, we trudge through, begging desperately for this part of the journey to end quickly. Perhaps the worst part of the trek is the nagging sense […]

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Full Attention

“Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, ‘Great is the LORD who delights in the welfare of his servant!’” (Psalm 35:27) Weighed down by afternoon heaviness, I am conscious of the rumblings of my volcanic heart where hot lava spurts, smoke spreads, and dust descends in […]

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