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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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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Limitless

“May you [mothers] be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:11-12) They are hardly perfect, these mothers that we elevate, applaud, snuggle up to for […]

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Seamless

“By the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26b) Easter recedes in the rear view mirror as the roadway stretches forward with mile markers slipping past at the speed of life. From this close proximity, the cross and the thunderous noise of the tombstone rolling away […]

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Last of All

“If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35) Their rules and rituals infuriated Jesus. The Master of mercy, the King of compassion, disdained fabricated religion that overturned the message of the Kingdom. Jesus had come for helpless children and broken men, for honest seekers and repentant […]

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State of Heart


“For this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Matthew 26:28) Sin is a three-letter word rarely used in polite society and never mentioned in daily newscasts. It masks itself in subtle ways, blazes boldly out in front, or gnaws at us like termites nibbling […]

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Instrumental

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself… 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Architects and artists, gourmet chefs and avid gardeners share a common denominator – tools. Each professional carries out his or her particular […]

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Homeward Bound

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.”  John 14:1 At times God has allowed me to travel overseas as part of a teaching team of dedicated men and women influencing twenty or more countries in Asia and Africa. I consider it extraordinary that he permits me to see first […]

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