The Kingdom of God

“From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’” (Mt. 4:17) I had taken off a few months from visiting the vets at the jail.  When I walked into the cell, a guy greeted me by giving me a hug and saying he had been praying for me. …

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Our Forgiveness by His Grace

Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, ‘We are here as your slaves.’ But Joseph said to them, ‘Do not be afraid!  Am I in the place of God?  Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as …

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Cast Your Burdens Upon Jesus

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.   (Mt. 11:28-29) During a workshop I lead on team building, …

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The Grace of God

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain.    (1 Cor. 15:10) She got up to read the assigned reading for Sunday’s worship. When she got to the line above, she faltered. She struggled to breathe. Tears began to roll down her …

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God is Father of All

There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all…    (Eph. 4:4-5) The vets from the jail’s reentry program wanted to talk about acceptance because they were breaking down into cliques and factions …

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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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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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