A Circle of Love

“… one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all.” (Eph. 4:5-6) One night I received a text from my assistant at work.  She asked if I would come to the hospital.  Her boyfriend’s grandfather was dying. I wasn’t sure why this family didn’t call their own pastor.  Maybe he was still …

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God’s Dream For Your Life

“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’” (Mt. 1:20-21) Many life-changing endeavors start with a …

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Water Into Wine

When the wine steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk.  But …

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Feeling Worthy

When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, ‘He is worthy of having you do this for him, for he loves our people, and it is he who builds our synagogue for us.’  And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to …

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Our Home is With God

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, ‘Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ (John 1:45-46) Jesus came from a small town.  Nazareth had no academy, no noteworthy buildings, no …

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No Better Friend

“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends…” (John 15:13-14a) We are at the Last Supper.  The disciples know things are about to crash.  There’s great tension and fear in the air.  Everything Jesus says captures their most intense focus.  They are worried for …

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Glimpses of Grace

“From [Jesus’] fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16) There’s no more powerful, more life-changing, more hopeful word ever uttered by God to His children than the word grace.  Jesus came to this earth to share God’s grace through His life, death, and resurrection. What does the grace of God do for …

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