Every Day

“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2) Every day means even today—perhaps especially today—when the toilet is clogged, the roof is leaking, the traffic is jammed, and the flight is delayed. Every day means that today I will look for opportunities to bless God, regardless that the […]

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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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One of Ten

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 All ten men “stood at a distance” waiting for Jesus to enter their town, shouting like prisoners with breakout on their minds: […]

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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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Thirty Minutes or So

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” Psalm 105:4 It was a simple request and an easy one for me to fulfill. I read my colleague’s text and shot back a quick yes when he asked, “May I have thirty minutes of your time?” We had recently collaborated on a significant project, […]

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Challenge

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) As we sat in small groups during our church’s leadership study we were handed an unusual task. As the offering plates were passed, […]

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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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Hide and Seek

“And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:2-4) Children delighted Jesus. He […]

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Meander

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:18) Some mornings, I rise before the sun, lavish my time in the reflective study of Scripture, and exercise my limbs before striding home for a nutritious breakfast. On other days, I drag […]

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Fault Lines

“Then Samson called to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, GOD, please remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God….” (Judges 16:28) Samson is undoubtedly one of the more unsavory characters of the Old Testament, with little to recommend him in the way of discretion and sound judgment. It seems every glimpse of […]

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