God’s Love in Christ Jesus

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers…nor anything else will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (Rom. 8:37 passim) I recently attended a funeral.  It was a sad funeral for many reasons, one of which is that the man …

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Jesus with You Always and Everywhere

But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.   (Mk. 16:7) I’ve been to Galilee.  Even though it was incredible to be where Jesus once walked, no one would have thought Galilee was anything special before Jesus …

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Waiting Upon the Lord

Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.  (Is. 40:30-31) Have your tasks ever felt greater than your …

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Jesus Sets Our Feet Upon a Rock

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.  He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.  (Is. 40:1-3) …

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We Are All God’s Children

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.  For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups one…   (Eph. 2:13-14) The man was dragging his wife to church.  It was clear she didn’t want to be there.  I …

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Struggling With Our Doubts

Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them.  When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.   (Mt. 28:16-17) I’m encouraged that some disciples doubted even when the resurrected Jesus was right in front of them because I sometimes have my own doubts.  My issue isn’t …

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The Gifts God has Given Us

'From everyone to whom much is given, much will be required…' (Luke 12:48) I’ll never forget the moment when today’s scripture first spoke to me.  Instead of reading the words on a page, it was like the words were coming off the page to confront me. On that evening, I somehow knew that I was …

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The Message of the Cross

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.   (1 Cor. 1:18) His name was Linwood.  He was the part-time janitor at the country church where I once served. As the church grew, Linwood had a hard …

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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 Among the “Least of These”

And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’   (Mt. 25:41) I’m aware I often write about my experiences at the jail.  I go to the jail for several reasons. …

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