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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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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In The Lap Of Jesus

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God …

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We Are Never Alone

And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappointment us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts…  (Rom. 5:3-5) There are different kinds of suffering.  There’s suffering that’s senseless, brutal, devoid of hope.  …

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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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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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God’s Steadfast Love

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.   (Ps. 136:1) There are twenty-six verses in psalm 136. The second line in every verse is the same:  “…for his steadfast love endures forever.” This line is the refrain for everything the psalmist lists in praise to God: who created …

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A Glimpse of God’s Face

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! ‘Come,’ my heart says, ‘seek his face!’ ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek.’ (Ps. 27:7-8) “I can’t wait to see his little face. We’re so excited to see this beautiful baby boy’s face.” Recently one of my colleagues kept saying these …

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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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