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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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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