Brick by Brick

“O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. My God in his steadfast love will meet me…” (Psalm 59:9-10) My friend Laurie looked like a fashionable Chico’s model with her cropped silver hair and large, tranquil eyes. The winter had been a hard one, robbing her health, stripping […]

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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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Leaves Behind

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” (James 1:17) It was hardly surprising how deeply our family felt the loss of the enormous tree they felled this week in our front yard. Months ago […]

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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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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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Pivotal

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12) The disciples could have scattered in a dozen directions after Christ ascended to heaven. Yet, as an act of obedience, they listened to Jesus’ final instructions to return to Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49b). Huddled […]

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Turn Toward

“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!” (Psalm 55:1) Whining rarely benefits the one enduring the gripe or the complainer intent on unloading her prevailing mediocre circumstances. Who really even cares when the boss is unjust, the landlord greedy, or the neighbor’s piercing accusation slices like […]

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Waves To Walk

“But the free gift is not like the trespass….” (Rom 5:15) In the garden, Adam gambled that his way was better than the one God had designed. Along with Eve, he reached for the fruit and plucked death for mankind. We all lost big time. God blessed these two image-‐bearers and commanded them to be […]

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