Versus

“And angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13 NASB) Good versus evil. This contrast parades across our […]

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After Him

Christ found Fishermen Casting nets Across the sea Recognized World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers; Common crew Caught his word Tossed fish aside Hearts open wide Followed After Him. Sees you Me too Nets on land Fish in hand Busy making Striving, faking Calls anew Aim for truth; World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers Soul […]

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Speak

“Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:26) Jesus, you grab our attention and startle us as the one speaking directly to us in the midst of an ordinary day. You are the “I am he” addressing us as clearly as you dialogued with the Samaritan woman beside the well […]

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Fully Present

“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.’” (Judges 6:12) The Lord often asks us to endure difficulties, engage in actions that require a storehouse of courage with bushels of his mercy and grace thrown in the mix. We stutter […]

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Mark My Words

“And they were astonished at his teaching.” (Mark 1:22)           “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching” (Mark 1:21). Enter our home, dear Lord, as you entered this city when you moved about the earth. Let this be a place where […]

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One Friday

One Friday Soldiers scourging Twisting thorns Piercing crown Purple gown Ridicule Slapping Bashing Shoving deity Meanest Mockery Guiltless Faultless Sinless Lamb Condemned Man’s maker Scrutinized Brutalized Pulverized Crucified For us.   Elizabeth Karram Mitchell Photo Credit: Paul Westel

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For Our Sake

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”      (1 Peter 2:24)             “So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe” (John 19:5).  Thirty-three […]

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Replicate

“O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.” (Psalm 65:2)           Prayer isn’t always easy! At times we come up short and a sense of inadequacy takes center stage as we try to express our needs and communicate our praise to God. Often, we run out of words, […]

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Body Work

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”           (I Corinthians 12:27) Runners sprinting down the track toward the finish line, weightlifters hoisting barbells with heavy metal plates, skiers flying across the slopes at breakneck speeds, or ballerinas extending their legs in a graceful arabesque – each one […]

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Precursor

“Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.”     (2 Chronicles 20:18) Even his name has a wonderful ring to it. Jehoshaphat was the king of Judah, famous for his triumphant victory during a dark time […]

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