Prompt

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) Shepherds sacrifice for their sheep. Good shepherds sacrifice everything. Jesus is the greatest Good Shepherd of all. Every sheep in his pasture knows that firsthand, and he longs for the lost ones to know it, too. Psalm 23 […]

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Choosing Sides

“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice…’How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge’” (Proverbs 1:20,22). Fools revel in making idiotic choices. One of their distinguishing traits is a propensity for listening to the noisy […]

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Turn Toward

“Give ear to my prayer, O God, and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!” (Psalm 55:1) Whining rarely benefits the one enduring the gripe or the complainer intent on unloading her prevailing mediocre circumstances. Who really even cares when the boss is unjust, the landlord greedy, or the neighbor’s piercing accusation slices like […]

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The Other Side

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,     the Father of mercies and God of all comfort….” (2 Corinthians 1:3) After we have pushed through the entanglements of a dense forest, arms scratched from the impact of straggling branches, head bruised from colliding with low-­lying limbs, muscles whining from the strain of […]

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Step Forward

“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) We like to believe we can accelerate ahead, feet barely skimming the floor, making progress like a champion racehorse bound and determined […]

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Ignoring the Signs

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God and you will find him if you search after him with all your heart and with all your sol.” (Deuteronomy 4:29) We shy away from the ominous Old Testament books of the Law, preferring the gentler tone of the Epistles and the story-­‐like quality of […]

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Guided Tour

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8) Dressed in helmets and life vests, our family grabbed our paddles and submerged our raft in the Ocoee River of Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee. We inhaled deeply as the white […]

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Wrong Turn

“Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Mark 12:24) The Sadducees often attempted to stump Jesus. They never could. No matter the farcical tale they threw at him, he easily read through their intent and revealed their true motives. In Mark 12, they […]

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Transfer

“Heal me O Lord, and I will be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14) When the scars are visible, when the diagnosis is made public, we are more prone to expose our ache to others and to plead relentlessly for healing from the God of the […]

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Perfect Plan

“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.” (Psalm 18:16) In an attempt to explain life, we toss inaccurate phrases randomly into our conversation. “God never gives us more than we can bear,” is one such repetitive fallacy. For many of us, life dumps situations that are completely […]

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