Last of All

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Their rules and rituals infuriated Jesus. The Master of mercy, the King of compassion, disdained fabricated religion that overturned the message of the Kingdom. Jesus had come for helpless children and broken men, for honest seekers and repentant […]

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Withstood

“And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!” Matthew 27:28-29 We cry unfair when the car won’t start, […]

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State of Heart


“For this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) Sin is a three-letter word rarely used in polite society and never mentioned in daily newscasts. It masks itself in subtle ways, blazes boldly out in front, or gnaws at us like termites nibbling […]

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Instrumental

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Architects and artists, gourmet chefs and avid gardeners share a common denominator – tools. Each professional carries out his or her particular […]

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Homeward Bound

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”  John 14:1 At times God has allowed me to travel overseas as part of a teaching team of dedicated men and women influencing twenty or more countries in Asia and Africa. I consider it extraordinary that he permits me to see first […]

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Right Beside

“Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us even as we hope in you.” Psalm 33:20-22 At a particularly challenging season in your life, was there at […]

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Glorious Comparison

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18 Sequestered in the pediatric cardiac ICU of Boston Children’s, Miami Children’s or Shands Hospital for what seemed like an interminable period, we were consistently amazed at the remarkable and […]

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Never Disappoints

“If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 At the end of a scrumptious meal prepared by my sister-in-law, my husband declared, “Jill, we […]

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Mercy Maker

“And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) God is always giving to us. We like that. We are not as happy with the prospect of […]

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Eye Opening

“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18) Head down, arms full, fingers occupied with a million pressing tasks, and I am prone to miss out on the wonders that you supply in countless forms. Preoccupied with minutia, overwhelmed with daunting responsibilities, blinded by routines, I fail to […]

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