Beautiful Applause

“She has done a beautiful thing to me.” (Mark 14:6) Their names are not even mentioned, and yet the Lord bestowed the highest praise on three women who demonstrated courage in difficult circumstances. Their ordinary lives are not memorials for us to simply admire, but to emulate, compelling us to love the Lord more deeply […]

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Mother’s Prayer

“I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.” (Ephesians 1:16-17) Father, you delivered our children to us to hold for a time, […]

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Do Well

“But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry.” (Jonah 4:1) We are quick to question God, to call him to account, to address him with our list of grievances and gripes. We routinely ask him to bless us, guide us, and shower us with gifts galore. And with the very same tongue we accuse […]

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Ends of the Earth

“A devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.” (Acts 10:2) Prayer is a mystery, deep and wide and way beyond us all. We attempt to fathom its meaning, to discern how it works, but we come up short time and time again. […]

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Common Place

“And he said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.’” Mark 4:26 The Lord speaks our simple language. Being the perfect Teacher, he reveals his truths in ordinary terms and translates his divine point of view in pictures we can follow. Naturally, his ways are much higher […]

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Did This

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) This intriguing verse haunts me, floats inside the middle of my mind and refuses to go overboard. I can’t shake it; it’s caught in the netting of my thoughts like an inescapable notion. God dumped a life-altering command on a man named Noah, […]

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Loves Me Loves Me Not

“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief, and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” (Isaiah 53:3) Lashes from one who should love us lacerate like sharp fangs. Rejection curls its snarling lips, extends its cavernous jaws and clamps […]

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Charge

“For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20) While Jesus made his way throughout Galilee and Judea, he was always in charge. He was the one determining […]

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Surpassing

“And they went to a place called Gethsemane.” (Mark 14:32) Gethsemane was that place of unbearable anguish where we picture our Savior wrestled to the ground, pinned down by the excruciating heavy weight of the world. Jesus escaped to pray in this familiar olive grove in the hours before facing the cross and invited in […]

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Step Ahead

“You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you…” (Deuteronomy 5:33) Babies do a lot of sleeping. (When we desperately need some, they usually quit!) In the first few months of life babies could almost be called […]

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