God’s Steadfast Love

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.   (Ps. 136:1) There are twenty-six verses in psalm 136. The second line in every verse is the same:  “…for his steadfast love endures forever.” This line is the refrain for everything the psalmist lists in praise to God: who created …

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About Barnabas

When he [Paul] had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples; and they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord...  (Acts 9:26-27) His …

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Seeing God’s Face

“But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:3-4) I’ve been deeply troubled by the recent news about the number of white people—whether they are public officials or not—who had …

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A Glimpse of God’s Face

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’ (Ps. 27:7-8) “I can’t wait to see his little face. We’re so excited to see this beautiful baby boy’s face.” Recently one of my colleagues kept saying these …

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Jesus, Who Do You Say We Are?

… on the way [Jesus] asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’  He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’   (Mk. 8:27-29) The disciples have been questioning Jesus’ identity.  They have heard …

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Our Path To Grace

…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…  (Rom. 3:23) Let me call him Joe. With permission, I’m going to share his testimony. One day while traveling to an event, he said, “I …

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God’s Heart is For All People – Part 2

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.’   (Acts 10:34) The early church struggled with what to do with the Gentiles.  Did they need to become Jews before they could …

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Have a Voice, Not an Echo

And if the bugle gives an indistinct sound, who will get ready for battle?   (1 Cor. 14:8) The other day at Starbucks, I saw a group of high school girls wearing tee shirts with this message:  “Have a voice, not an echo.” We all have a unique story about how Jesus has found, led, changed, …

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God’s Heart is For All People – Part 1

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality…’ (Acts 10:34) Recently a friend shared a situation that was bothering him. He said, “A few days ago I went into a colleague’s office.  He’s black.  I told him I was unhappy about race relations in the country right now, …

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