The Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’   (Mk. 2:17) I recently learned that there’s a church on the island of Malta called “The Collegiate Parish Church of St. …

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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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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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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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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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Tough Spiritual Love

I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.    (Gal. 2:21, NKJV) One of my great mentors was a rabbi.  I’m still working on words he gave me more than thirty years ago. During one of our visits, I spent about an …

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God Is With You

It is the Lord who goes before you.  He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.  Do not fear or be dismayed.    (Dt. 31:8) Moses knows he will soon die.  One of his last acts is to put the mantle of leadership on Joshua.  Joshua is overwhelmed because there …

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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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Our Path To Grace

…since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus…  (Rom. 3:23) Let me call him Joe. With permission, I’m going to share his testimony. One day while traveling to an event, he said, “I …

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The Love We Share

Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  (1 Pt. 4:8) He was a difficult man.  Everywhere he went he was disruptive and disrespectful.  People tried to avoid him. One day he burst into my office and said, “Today I’m going to tell you my story.”  I didn’t …

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