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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Dancing With Jesus

He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, "You of little faith, why …

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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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Jesus and the Judgement Game

'Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.'    (Mt. 7:1) I saw three energetic boys—aged about 6, 8, and 10—as I was walking down the aisle in the airplane.  I hoped that I wouldn’t be seated in front of them, but I was. As soon as we were in the air those …

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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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What Jesus Desires

Jesus went up the mountain and called to him those whom he wanted, and they came to him.    (Mk. 3:13) Why did Jesus want those who became His apostles?  He wanted them so that He could train, equip, and then send them out to do the work of the Kingdom. Were there any other …

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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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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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