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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Sea of Tiberias

“Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” John 21:4 He came to them by the Sea of Tiberias when they had lost their way. Fishing was their specialty before the Carpenter of Nazareth turned their worlds upside down and called them to […]

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Peter, Peter

“But he said emphatically, ‘If I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And they all said the same.” Mark 14:31 When Peter spoke those infamous words, Christ loved him nonetheless. His was a bold and courageous determination to defend the Lord at all costs. I believe Peter thought he would be capable […]

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Need of It

“If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.” Mark 11:3 The Lord and his disciples “drew near to Jerusalem” at the Mount of Olives the week before he made his way to Golgotha. At this juncture in the storyline, […]

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When

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1) When the sky shouts blue, umbrellas wear Sunshine in their canvas hair, Hardly a hint of clouds in sight Winds whisper wondrous delights, Doubts disappear with hardly a trace Praises ascend, joy flushes our face. But corners […]

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Ironclad

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27 The ironclad door will not budge, its hinges immobile and unresponsive to my incessant barrage. Resolved, I pound against its frame and beg entry, pleading aplenty and waiting for the slightest crack to thrust myself within. It will […]

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All This and More

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” (Ephesians 1:7-8) In the Garden of Gethsemane beneath an orchard of ancient olive trees sprouting silver-tinted leaves, I read again that you are “the image […]

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Routinely

“Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.” Isaiah 12:5 The cardinal fluttered by on Friday and settled for a smidge on the garden fence, its royal red robe instantly mesmerizing. Perched on the pole like a model waiting for the cameras to roll, […]

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Seeded

Sower went Sowed seed Some fell On paths Trampled underfoot Birds devoured Disappeared Some fell Rocky terrain Grew quick Withered away Devoid Some fell Among thorns Grew up Choked out Destroyed Some fell Good soil Abundant growth Hundred Fold Soul soil Softened heart Word seed Planted deep Yielded Crop Hundredfold Sower pleased With soul Hundredfold […]

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