Able and Willing

“May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will […]

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Enough

“Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him.”          (John 11:45) During our struggles we may believe our lives void of significance. Pinned beneath cancer’s aggressive hold, squeezed tight by financial difficulties, or drained by depression’s tiresome company, we may think […]

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Unheard Of

“He answered and said, ‘But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” (Daniel 3:25) It is a small consideration in a remarkable story. Just another incredible feature alongside the extraordinary details of […]

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Radiant

Our son Gregory’s wedding to Kimberly was undoubtedly one of the brightest and happiest of events. God had answered his prayers with a bride that exceeded his dreams by a million miles or more. It was an unforgettable fairytale – magical, romantic, delightful. But to top it off, like perfect icing covering a flawless cake, […]

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Assignment

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) This concise phrase pops off the page like a prescription for the year ahead as clearly as if a physician had jotted a remedy for the pressing “what-should-I-be-focused-on” dilemma. Not overly complicated, this verse presents the assignment for this next […]

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Divine

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.” John 15:1 The vine is a life-giving imagery that crosses cultures effortlessly. Nourishment and stability pulse through the vine into all the branches; no living branch exists unless it is connected to the vine. Our Lord calls himself the vine; as his disciples we […]

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Taking

“He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist.” John 13:4 For thirty-three years Jesus had practiced laying aside everything in order to make “himself nothing” and fulfill his calling as Savior. On his final night with his favorite people it was fitting that he would continue the process. The […]

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Living Nativity

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.”  (Luke 2:14) This very morning, we celebrate the wonder and beauty of everything Christmas! Rather than going through the motions of knowing the nativity by heart, perhaps we could manage to “be” a part of the Christmas story. […]

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Christmastime

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16) Our six-month grandson Joshua came over recently while his mom ran some errands. Kimberly left instructions for his next feeding and an ample supply of bottles behind. It was Christmastime, and the tree twinkled in the background as I enjoyed the sweetness of Joshua’s […]

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Glimpses of Glory

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Christ came at Christmastime, tumbling into our world within the arms of Mary and Joseph in that obscure little town of Bethlehem. After the angels heralded Jesus’ long-awaited arrival, the shepherds found him swaddled […]

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