Divine Directions

“When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:22) Some Scriptures sag beneath the weight of regret-­filled words. Encumbered with misgivings, a scent of deep sadness seeps through the verses like a vine overloaded with fruit too burdensome to bear. In one unforgettable scene, we meet a […]

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Slip Away

“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet….” (John 11:32) Jesus is four days late, and his friends Martha and Mary are not exactly pleased. Knowing their desperate need, he has not bothered to respond. It seems that Jesus is totally indifferent to their predicament and has […]

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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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Refocus and Realign

“Your way O God is holy. What God is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders.” (Psalm 77:13) On most days, we pursue a frantic treadmill pace, with constant tumultuous noise buzzing in our ears from diverse, compelling sources. Distracted by this hectic combination, it proves difficult to focus on who […]

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Precarious

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3) The white envelope sat menacingly on my desk, daring me to read its contents. I eyed the suspicious return label for days, knowing perfectly well that […]

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Crashing Through

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Some days, I approach the Scriptures simply as an act of obedience. With pen and journal on standby, I wait for inspiration to fall from heaven and escort me to a spiritual retreat within the confines of my comfortable family […]

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Sand Storm

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7) Lions crouching at the door with tigers at your back…swarms of locusts overhead and quicksand beneath your feet are pictures of elusive escape routes without a rescuer in sight. The only sound slips between […]

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Pursuit

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-­7) Clear directions give us a running head start. The patient teacher in kindergarten who painstakingly showed me how to print the first […]

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Rescue Operation

“He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.“ (I Thessalonians 3:24) Halfway through the gospel of Matthew, one of Jesus’ steady companions is starkly contrasted with an obscure woman. While the Gentile mother’s faith towers over the long-­‐-­‐-­‐standing disciple, God’s hand powerfully rescued both from their dilemma. Jesus is praying alone; the […]

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On the Run

“Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21) Final words reverberate with enormous significance; sounds uttered as the body surrenders carry the weight of a lifetime. In […]

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