All The Fragments of Our Life

When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’   (Jn. 6:12) Jesus tells the disciples to gather up the fragments. This seemingly insignificant line can give us great comfort and peace. We can sometimes feel like our lives are mostly fragments. Forgotten dreams. Broken marriages. Estranged …

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Our Offering to Jesus

One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, ‘There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish.  But what are they among so many people?’   (John 6:8-9) When the boy saw thousands of people around the shore, he must have wondered what was going on.  A man …

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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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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) Recently the news has reported that several public officials had once painted their faces black.  Even though these revelations have been …

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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

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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The Love We Share

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  (1 Pt. 4:8) He was a difficult man.  Everywhere he went he was disruptive and disrespectful.  People tried to avoid him. One day he burst into my office and said, “Today I’m going to tell you my story.”  I didn’t …

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Those Who Are Holy

Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.  (Heb. 12:14) I use to believe we could become holy by saying many prayers, making many sacrifices, and through being perpetually good.  Holiness was about doing certain things and not doing other things.  I have moved a long way from …

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