Directions

“And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and they prepared the Passover.” (Matthew 26:19) They often got it wrong. Jesus’ band of followers usually ended up making poor choices, succumbing to sleepiness when he desperately needed companionship, running away like frightened mice when he could have used a little lion-­‐-­‐-­‐hearted friendship. His time […]

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Hands‐On

“How are such mighty works done by his hands?” (Mark 6:2) His calloused hands – accustomed to hammer and nails, splinters of wood and planks of lumber – carted carpentry tools long before they healed a child, touched a leper, or broke bread to nourish a crowd. The carpenter from Nazareth who created the world […]

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Alongside

“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!” (Psalm 20:1) On occasion, even sovereigns slip off crowns and don battle garb; regal wear is not suited for wrestling in wartime. David bows before the Lord and begs help, conscious that his title topples […]

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Backyard Pulpit

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” (Psalm 16:1) The racket emanating from my backyard escalated, forcing me to discover what animals could possibly be creating such uproar. With the rumbling sounds of thunder in the background, I peered through the light rainfall and noticed a creamy-­‐-­‐-­‐ brown duck marching back and […]

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Carrier

“The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes and in the wilderness where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you as a man carries his son, all the way that you went….” (Deuteronomy 1:30-­31) Pictures portray […]

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Rest Stop

“Come away by yourselves….” (Mark 6:30) Squeezed between the horrific beheading of John the Baptist and the magnificent miracle of the five thousand stands an overlooked passage that invites us to love Jesus more deeply. Mark 6:30 reads, “The apostles returned to Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. And he […]

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Barreling Down

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Sometimes ordinary acts remind of us of heroic ones, and sometimes simple choices illuminate profound truths as satisfying as a splash of cool water on a sun-­drenched day. When our eldest son Bill purchased his first home, every room begged two coats […]

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Full Attention

“Let those who delight in my righteousness shout for joy and be glad and say evermore, ‘Great is the LORD who delights in the welfare of his servant!’” (Psalm 35:27) Weighed down by afternoon heaviness, I am conscious of the rumblings of my volcanic heart where hot lava spurts, smoke spreads, and dust descends in […]

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Hide Out

“Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters they shall not reach him.” (Psalm 32:6) In our modern world, the rush of great waters threatens. That same overwhelming rush was part and parcel of the lives of the […]

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River Wash

“I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer….” (I Timothy 2:8) Jacqueline’s hands are dirty, but she doesn’t care. She is four, with river sand plastered to playful fingers; she’s dug a hole, carved a space in mushy soil. It is Sunday, without stiff shoes or hardwood pews. The stream catches our […]

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