Familiar Disregard

“And David had success in all his undertakings for the Lord was with him.”  (1 Samuel. 18:14) Power to Succeed What difference does it make, anyway? We know the story of David the shepherd boy who would become king, but we quickly place it within the “familiar but ancient” file that has little bearing on […]

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Need This

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”   (James 1:5-6) Inside the Storehouse One succinct promise trickling like a small stream revealing a torrential flow of meaning, drenching us with specific insights about our God. One statement among thousands, […]

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Over Land Over Sea

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, […]

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Fingerprints

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)           Is it possible that in some incomprehensible way those unnamed missionaries have learned of the impact they […]

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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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