Sprinting

“For you were slain, and by your blood your ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation….” (Revelation 5:9) In the midst of the Olympic fervor, we find ourselves in the bottom part of Africa, in the dry and brittle month of August, where every green blade of grass has […]

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Rare View

“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” (Psalm 78:4) We call him Wonderful, and it suits him perfectly. God never ceases to perform wonders on man’s behalf. Let us open our eyes […]

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Shoulder Width

“I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint; my heart is like wax; it is melted within my breast.” (Psalm 22:14) Sometimes major characters consume the stage, their every word pivotal to the unfolding narrative. However, to remind us that ordinary folk are also essential to the story line, […]

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Bragging Rights

“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:1) Forever begins today in the place where regular routines pile up like day‐old dishes. When I pause to wonder what God’s will is or where he wants me occupied, I have only to settle my sight on one […]

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Intertwined

“And because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.” (Acts 18:3) Usually, when we need a spark of encouragement, a scriptural vitamin-­B shot to extinguish our physical or spiritual malaise, we plunge into the poetry of the Psalms. Surprisingly, and where we least expect […]

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Costly Walk

“Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” (Romans 12:11) God longs for us to know him intimately and make him known to others. Throughout the Gospels, Christ challenges us to accomplish this by a life of faithful “following” after him. In order to give us a clear visual of […]

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Aim to Please

“And he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Corinthians 5:15) Sometimes, seated on soft cushioned seats in air-­conditioned sanctuaries, it is easy to suppose that others are essential to God’s purposes but our contributions are unnecessary or […]

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Wooden Stakes

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on high places.” (Habakkuk 3:19) I ran headlong into old friends this week – caught sight of them when I wasn’t even looking or aware of how much I needed their familiar faces. Knowing what they held, they […]

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Marching Orders

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain….” (John 15:16) We long to hear God’s voice, to understand what he wants us to be about, to figure out his will and his ways for our life. We complicate […]

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Striving

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Every human being breathes beneath the awning of heaven and is confronted relentlessly with the speech of stars and planets, clouds and wind, searing sunshine and luminescent moonbeams. Rainfall, thunderclaps, and snowstorms declare God as glorious, mighty, brilliant, ordered, […]

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