A Royal Priesthood

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people…    (1 Pt. 2:9) For 30 years I encouraged people to become “the priesthood of all believers.” Go find your pulpit—those places where you can share good news.  Go find your altar—those places where you can lift up ordinary things …

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Rejoice And Be Glad

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”   (Ps. 118:24) I met Gerald when I started working in downtown Houston.  He was always sitting near the entrance at my parking garage.  After nodding at each other for a few weeks, we introduced ourselves and started …

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Living More Fully With Christ

We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might live no longer be enslaved to sin…. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.   (Rom. 6:6,8) Just after finishing my visit with 35 …

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Make a Difference for Jesus

And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: Simon, whom he named Peter, and his brother Andrew, and James, and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James son of Alphaeus, and Simon, who was called the Zealot, and Judas son of …

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Look For The Kingdom of God

[Jesus] put before them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs…’  (Mt. 13:31-32) I was out of town teaching.  When I called back to …

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Jesus Overturning The “Tables”

Then they came to Jerusalem.  And [Jesus] entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves…  (Mk. 11:15) The most unpopular thing I did in 30 years …

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In The Lap Of Jesus

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God …

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Jesus Asks Us to be Fishermen

As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me and I will make you fish for people.’   (Mk. 1:16-17) I’d just become the pastor of a church on the Maine coast. The church …

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Our Relationship With God & Grace

When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.  Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.  And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner…  (Mt. 20:9-11) The workers in today’s story, who grumbled …

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