Startling Song

“Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?” (Psalm 71:19) Father, I can barely place pen to paper this morning with the distractions around me on this first day away from my regular routines. A tiny, chirping finch is perched on the balcony […]

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Challenge

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) As we sat in small groups during our church’s leadership study we were handed an unusual task. As the offering plates were passed, […]

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New Mercies

“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23) We heard that Aunt Alice was losing ground, slowly fading from this life and making her way toward […]

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Laden

“Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing….so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the […]

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A Stone’s Throw Away

“For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet – I can count all my bones – they stare and gloat over me;”  (Psalm 22:16-17) There are times when God reveals himself in the gentlest whisper that might easily be dismissed. At other times he shouts loud […]

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Presentable

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:3) Worship is uncomplicated when life runs steady as a stream gurgling peacefully through serene scenarios. When we lift our voices on Sunday mornings, dressed in our […]

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Brick by Brick

“O my Strength, I will watch for you, for you, O God, are my fortress. My God in his steadfast love will meet me…” (Psalm 59:9-10) My friend Laurie looked like a fashionable Chico’s model with her cropped silver hair and large, tranquil eyes. The winter had been a hard one, robbing her health, stripping […]

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Small World

“Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” Mark 5:19 If for a moment I conclude that God is far removed from my world, I need only skim a few pages of the Gospel to gather an altogether different […]

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Meal Time

“And when it grew late, his disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late. Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages to buy themselves something to eat.” (Mark 6:35-36) Meal times with the Master could be unpredictable for the twelve. On some […]

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I Beg You

Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him, saying, ‘Send us to the pigs; let us enter them. So he gave them permission.’”    Mark 5:11-13 People regularly begged Jesus for help. The Gospel stories reveal one desperate person after another imploring the Lord to assist them […]

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