Anticipation

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’” (John 20:19)            “That day” remains the most incredible one in history, […]

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Unthinkable

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” (Matthew 3:13) When Jesus approached John with this appeal, John didn’t think this was entirely a good idea. Feeling completely unworthy to fulfill Christ’s request, he attempted to reason Christ out of his plan. Earlier, the Baptizer had explained to […]

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Tasteful

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again?”         (Matthew 5:13)           Flavorless and good for nothing! Protect us, Lord, from falling into that category of worthless salt. Enable us to affect our culture for good […]

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Versus

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” (Matthew 2:13 NASB) Good versus evil. This contrast parades across our […]

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After Him

Christ found Fishermen Casting nets Across the sea Recognized World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers; Common crew Caught his word Tossed fish aside Hearts open wide Followed After Him. Sees you Me too Nets on land Fish in hand Busy making Striving, faking Calls anew Aim for truth; World changers Disciple makers Rule breakers Soul […]

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Speak

“Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” (John 4:26) Jesus, you grab our attention and startle us as the one speaking directly to us in the midst of an ordinary day. You are the “I am he” addressing us as clearly as you dialogued with the Samaritan woman beside the well […]

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Fully Present

“And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, ‘The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor.’” (Judges 6:12) The Lord often asks us to endure difficulties, engage in actions that require a storehouse of courage with bushels of his mercy and grace thrown in the mix. We stutter […]

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Mark My Words

“And they were astonished at his teaching.” (Mark 1:22)           “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching” (Mark 1:21). Enter our home, dear Lord, as you entered this city when you moved about the earth. Let this be a place where […]

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One Friday

One Friday Soldiers scourging Twisting thorns Piercing crown Purple gown Ridicule Slapping Bashing Shoving deity Meanest Mockery Guiltless Faultless Sinless Lamb Condemned Man’s maker Scrutinized Brutalized Pulverized Crucified For us.   Elizabeth Karram Mitchell Photo Credit: Paul Westel

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For Our Sake

“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”      (1 Peter 2:24)             “So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe” (John 19:5).  Thirty-three […]

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