Encouraging One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.  (1 Thess. 5:11) She was a world-class athlete, who had competed at the Iron Man championship in Hawaii—which is 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. I had met her at the gym. If you sweat in close …

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The Sermon on the Mount

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.  He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit..."   (Mt. 5-7) We had just finished a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. We gathered at the bottom of a hill where …

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Trusting in God’s Grace

Therefore confess your sins to one another…  (Jas. 5:16) I was in my twenties, on my knees, confessing my sins to a monk, and I heard him snoring. When I loudly coughed he woke up for a few moments, but then he fell asleep again. I was miffed he was so inattentive.  I thought my …

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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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Our Prayers to God

O daughter Babylon, you devastator!  Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!  Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!   (Ps. 137:8-9) I find these words to be very encouraging.  I don’t find these words encouraging because I want God …

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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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Imitating Jesus

“Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” (1 Cor. 11:1) Who do we imitate in life? We imitate our parents, siblings, or friends. We imitate certain television stars, movie characters, or athletes. We imitate the attitudes or behaviors we respect or admire in others. Before I went to school I wanted to imitate …

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