Good Morning Lord

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) Good morning Lord. I greet you before I tackle the rest of the day, otherwise it will surely tackle me with its strong arm of schedules and time-stealers that pin me to the ground. The ever-present load of needs is positioned like a […]

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Perfection Not Required

“The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” (John 11:28) Right Where We Are What do you suppose followers of Christ need to look and act like? Is obedience and surrender part of their identity? Are they the ones who are gifted, available, committed, or sold out? Perhaps. But not necessarily so. Maybe a […]

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Right By Our Side

“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38 Do Something Quick We sound just like that boatload of wet, weary disciples whenever self-pity takes up residence, and fear moves in as our right-hand companion. Though Jesus is right by our side, on ready alert to assist and defend us, we are unaware […]

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Distinctive Sound Heard

“For what thanksgiving can we return to God, for all the joy we feel for your sake before our God.” (I Thessalonians 3:9)           “For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you…” (I Thessalonians 1:8). Wouldn’t this be a grand declaration, that God’s Word was the distinctive […]

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Fully Convinced

“Then Jesus answered her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.’” (Matthew 15:28) Barging In She set the bar high, this obscure foreigner with the audacity to insist on a miracle. The Canaanite woman barged into the presence of Christ crying out loudly and long for healing for […]

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Making Defining Choices

“And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.” (Luke 21:37-38) Actions Louder Than Words Like an open window revealing an extraordinary sight, these verses reveal […]

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In the Very Place You Find Yourself

“If there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8) Worrisome Scenarios Charging like a thoroughbred ‘round a racetrack, our thoughts hurl from one worrisome scenario to another. With time on our hands and minds on full alert, we contemplate the dreadful, the damaging, or the difficult, assuming […]

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Noticing The Ordinary

“And immediately he recovered his sight and followed him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.” (Luke 18:43) Applause Please Let’s give God a round of applause for showing up in a phenomenal manner! That’s how the crowd responded when Jesus healed a faith-filled beggar. Near to Jericho […]

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Poised to Ascend

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…when I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that […]

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Simplicity

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” (Luke 18:1) Jesus was the grand storyteller who scattered seeds of truth on the inquisitive and indifferent as he traversed the countryside. He aimed for a harvest of believers with the faith of good soil to […]

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