Bragging Rights

‘“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2 Corinthians 10:17-18) They ooze out like sticky syrup, splotching conversation unnecessarily. Boastful words. Braggadocios challenges. Arrogant assumptions. Pride raises its puffed head and portrays pretentious imagery. […]

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Hope Surge

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) We hear reports from distant shores and nearby corner stores of friends who bear the marks of loss of one kind or another. Cancer has made itself […]

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Assignment

“You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.” (Matthew 4:10) This concise phrase pops off the page like a prescription for the year ahead as clearly as if a physician had jotted a remedy for the pressing “what-should-I-be-focused-on” dilemma. Not overly complicated, this verse presents the assignment for this next […]

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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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Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song by Luci Shaw Blue homespun and the bend of my breast keep warm this small hot naked star fallen to my arms. (Rest… you who have had so far to come.) Now nearness satisfies the body of God sweetly. Quiet he lies whose vigor hurled a universe. He sleeps whose eyelids have not […]

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Presence

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4) The gray sky sagged over the ocean as if burdened by its bundles of low, soggy clouds. Our grandchildren didn’t notice that the sun had slipped away for an afternoon nap […]

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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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