Canopy

“They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We never saw anything like this!’” (Mark 1:12) We enjoy packaging God in manageable proportions: a single serving of Deity, not too much to overindulge our spiritual palate. If he is just the right size, then we fit him into our day in the appropriate places and […]

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Completely Done

“And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the circumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” (Colossians 2:13‐14) When Jesus rebuked the […]

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Steady Rails

“But the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die.’” (Genesis 3:4) Bare-­armed, she reached for the fruit, yanked it free, and tumbled down an unchangeable course, wrenching all of us along with her in that sudden, devastating fall. Eve, deceived by the Deceiver in his enticing regalia, lured her husband too. Together […]

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Meander

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.” (Psalm 33:18) Some mornings, I rise before the sun, lavish my time in the reflective study of Scripture, and exercise my limbs before striding home for a nutritious breakfast. On other days, I drag […]

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Limping Along

“Now the Word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, ‘Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.’ But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.” (Jonah 1:1-­3) We instantly recognize the familiar, fishy […]

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Divine Directions

“When the young man heard this, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Matthew 19:22) Some Scriptures sag beneath the weight of regret-­filled words. Encumbered with misgivings, a scent of deep sadness seeps through the verses like a vine overloaded with fruit too burdensome to bear. In one unforgettable scene, we meet a […]

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Slip Away

“When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet….” (John 11:32) Jesus is four days late, and his friends Martha and Mary are not exactly pleased. Knowing their desperate need, he has not bothered to respond. It seems that Jesus is totally indifferent to their predicament and has […]

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Fault Lines

“Then Samson called to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, GOD, please remember me and strengthen me only this once, O God….” (Judges 16:28) Samson is undoubtedly one of the more unsavory characters of the Old Testament, with little to recommend him in the way of discretion and sound judgment. It seems every glimpse of […]

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Refocus and Realign

“Your way O God is holy. What God is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders.” (Psalm 77:13) On most days, we pursue a frantic treadmill pace, with constant tumultuous noise buzzing in our ears from diverse, compelling sources. Distracted by this hectic combination, it proves difficult to focus on who […]

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Precarious

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” (Hebrews 1:3) The white envelope sat menacingly on my desk, daring me to read its contents. I eyed the suspicious return label for days, knowing perfectly well that […]

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