Seeded

Sower went Sowed seed Some fell On paths Trampled underfoot Birds devoured Disappeared Some fell Rocky terrain Grew quick Withered away Devoid Some fell Among thorns Grew up Choked out Destroyed Some fell Good soil Abundant growth Hundred Fold Soul soil Softened heart Word seed Planted deep Yielded Crop Hundredfold Sower pleased With soul Hundredfold […]

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Beyond Bountiful

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) In all likelihood, nothing fits in a fist closed tight. A clenched hand, fingers turned inward with nails pressed into palm will never hold a thing, will never be on the receiving side. […]

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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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Seamless

“By the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26b) Easter recedes in the rear view mirror as the roadway stretches forward with mile markers slipping past at the speed of life. From this close proximity, the cross and the thunderous noise of the tombstone rolling away […]

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Last of All

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Their rules and rituals infuriated Jesus. The Master of mercy, the King of compassion, disdained fabricated religion that overturned the message of the Kingdom. Jesus had come for helpless children and broken men, for honest seekers and repentant […]

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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 the car won’t start, […]

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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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Instrumental

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Architects and artists, gourmet chefs and avid gardeners share a common denominator – tools. Each professional carries out his or her particular […]

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Homeward Bound

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”  John 14:1 At times God has allowed me to travel overseas as part of a teaching team of dedicated men and women influencing twenty or more countries in Asia and Africa. I consider it extraordinary that he permits me to see first […]

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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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