Surprise, Surprise

“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” (I Peter 4:12) We are often befuddled when trials poke their noses into our lives. We cringe at their unwelcome presence, startled that we are made to experience pain, aggravations, […]

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The Agony of Love

“Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the Lord your God; the fear of me is not in you, declares the Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 2:19) People disappoint. God understands that gut-wrenching condition perfectly. His chosen ones regularly fell short, broke his heart, spurned his love. His ache […]

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Not Ever

“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done […]

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On the Way

“In my Father’s house are many rooms…” (John 14:2a) For almost two hours our team bumped along in a van with little or no shock absorbers. The dark Zambian sky obscured the roadway ahead creating aerie shadows in the desolate countryside. Our bodies rattled and rolled on thin, worn-out seats as we drove along the […]

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Lavish

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) Recently we flew far from home to spend meaningful chunks of time with our ministry partners around the world. As we came alongside our international friends we heard […]

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Poverty Stricken

“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1: 7) Extraordinary artwork and impressive contemporary sculptures […]

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Gallery

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 Weaving through the Art Institute of Chicago we gawk at masterpieces by Monet, Renoir, and Seurat, their appeal captivating us the way desert wanderers gulp water down parched throats. Each priceless portrait or landscape composition encased in […]

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Scarecrows and Cucumbers

“But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God and the everlasting King.” Jeremiah 10:10 I usually steer clear of intimidating paths, but recently plunged ahead on one that I had avoided for a decade or more. It is far easier to tackle the safer places, the familiar winding roads, the less complicated […]

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One of Ten

“Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks.” Luke 17:15-16 All ten men “stood at a distance” waiting for Jesus to enter their town, shouting like prisoners with breakout on their minds: […]

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Living Color

“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown. And I will multiply people on you, the whole house of […]

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