Heard That Before

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38) Christmas approaches with its delightful merriment, and we extend our arms like eager children waiting to receive the wondrous advent of “peace on earth.” The beauty and brilliance of the Christmas season is […]

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Glimpses of Glory

“No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Christ came at Christmastime, tumbling into our world within the arms of Mary and Joseph in that obscure little town of Bethlehem. After the angels heralded Jesus’ long-awaited arrival, the shepherds found him swaddled […]

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Broad Place

“I call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:3) Amazing concept, this mysterious gift of an invitation to call on God whenever we desire. We have no access to presidents or kings, queens do not lend us their ear, executives would hardly recognize our number. […]

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Interrupters

“On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.” (Luke 5:17) Jesus was having “one of those days.” There he was trying […]

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Familiar Disregard

“And David had success in all his undertakings for the Lord was with him.”  (1 Samuel. 18:14) Power to Succeed What difference does it make, anyway? We know the story of David the shepherd boy who would become king, but we quickly place it within the “familiar but ancient” file that has little bearing on […]

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Need This

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”   (James 1:5-6) Inside the Storehouse One succinct promise trickling like a small stream revealing a torrential flow of meaning, drenching us with specific insights about our God. One statement among thousands, […]

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Over Land Over Sea

“Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, […]

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Fingerprints

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)           Is it possible that in some incomprehensible way those unnamed missionaries have learned of the impact they […]

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Good Morning Lord

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2) Good morning Lord. I greet you before I tackle the rest of the day, otherwise it will surely tackle me with its strong arm of schedules and time-stealers that pin me to the ground. The ever-present load of needs is positioned like a […]

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Perfection Not Required

“The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” (John 11:28) Right Where We Are What do you suppose followers of Christ need to look and act like? Is obedience and surrender part of their identity? Are they the ones who are gifted, available, committed, or sold out? Perhaps. But not necessarily so. Maybe a […]

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