Extension

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7) Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, what lines […]

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Strong Voice

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165) Sleepy eyed at first, I come to be with you early in the day before the hours rear back their heads and gallop away. Before other noises crash into my world, I sit with pen in hand and coffee cup […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions worthy […]

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Spill Over

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’” (Mark 4:35) Of course, you could sleep. The water filling the boat would not terrify you. From your viewpoint, what’s the difference between calm or turbulent seas? The prevailing ocean winds are yours to command. Of […]

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Giving Thanks and All That

“It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.” (Psalm 92:1–2) Some people might venture through their entire life without encountering someone they believed to be absolutely extraordinary. I am not one of […]

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Helper

“Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 124:8) Heavy-hearted and under siege, we hunker down and hide, fearful of the onslaught from the enemy intent on our destruction. At the very least, he plots to capture us in his cavern of discouragement by providing a hundred reasons […]

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First Call

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” (Psalm 143:8) At the outset, before I enter into conversation with another human being, I direct my three-ring-circus thoughts to you. Since you were […]

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Every Day

“Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.” (Psalm 145:2) Every day means even today—perhaps especially today—when the toilet is clogged, the roof is leaking, the traffic is jammed, and the flight is delayed. Every day means that today I will look for opportunities to bless God, regardless that the […]

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Alone Time

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4) It was never designed as an entry in the have-to category, but we shoved it into that column, making it a chore rather than […]

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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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