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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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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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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Blessed to Be a Blessing

I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.   (Gen. 12:2) At nearly every meeting, bible study, or conversation, John would find a way to say, “Blessed to be a blessing.”  Whenever I thought of John, I thought …

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Staying Strong and Faithful

I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.   (2 Tim. 1:5) When Paul reminds Timothy of the faith of his grandmother and mother he’s encouraging him to stay strong.  It appears Timothy was tempted …

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Made in God’s Image

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.  (Gen. 1:27) I was in the county jail, visiting a reentry program called “Been There Done That.”  The name of the group was apt.  They had all been sex workers, who had been just …

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Seeing Your Way Forward

On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, ‘King of kings and Lord of lords.’  (Rev. 19:16) One day when I was 10 my mother picked me up from school and told me that Ted (her husband and my step-father) would no longer be living with us.   I asked where he …

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Our Identity As Saints

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God.  To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful to Christ Jesus…  (Eph. 1:1-2) In the early church, the term saint wasn’t reserved for the super-heroes of the faith; it was given to all baptized believers. I wonder if the Body of Christ …

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Our Foundation In Faith

“They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; to them belong the patriarchs and from them, according to the flesh comes the Messiah…”  (Rom. 9:3-5) A few summers ago my wife and I visited the Holy Land.  On our first …

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