Room For All

He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.’   (Lk. 4:17-18) One of church’s receptionists buzzed to tell me that she had a woman on the phone that demanded to talk with …

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Jesus’ Love Makes All Things New

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  (Heb. 13:8) One of my least favorite expressions is “same-old, same-old.”  When I ask someone how they’re doing, and they say “same-old, same-old,” I’m tempted to do an “encouragement-intervention” on them. The expression sounds so dreary, sullen, and bored.  One of the ways I sometimes …

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Standing Firm in Your Faith

If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all.   (Isaiah 7:9) Hurricane Harvey dumped 50” of rain on Houston.  Once I could get out of my neighborhood, I spent a few days at the shelters.  I then spent a few days helping some friends demo their homes. Imagine losing everything …

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Words of Encouragement

When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece…   (Acts 20:2) Paul returned to the congregations he had founded because he knew they needed support.  He encouraged them by saying that Jesus was always with them, proud of their efforts, and would share their struggles. Paul …

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Our Resurrected Life

'In the resurrection, then, whose wife of the seven will she be?  For all of them had married her.’ Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the scriptures nor the power of God.  For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels in heaven.’   (Lk. …

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Being All-In With God

He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and will all your mind.’   (Mt. 22:37) I was meeting with a couple (I’ll call them John and Mary) before their wedding the next day.  While reviewing their vows, John said, “I’m having a hard …

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Saved, Delivered, Freed, or Healed

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.   (Ex. 14:30) The Hebrews were running away from the tyranny of Pharaoh.  At some point along the escape route, they looked back and saw the Egyptian army in murderous pursuit.  They thought they were doomed to …

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Taking Responsibility for Your Life

Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? The man said, ‘The woman whom you have to be with me, she gave me the fruit from the tree, and I ate.’    (Gen 3:11-13) Recently I was asked to help resolve some serious conflicts between two colleagues. I planned …

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Doing God’s Adam Inventory

So, when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate.  …

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With 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) …

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