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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Into the Hands of Jesus

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died.    (1 Cor. 15:20) When my father died, my stepmother gave his body to medical science. A year later his ashes were returned and we set a burial date. We had the internment service, a lovely reception, …

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Our Struggles With Faith

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails …

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Seek the Living Jesus

The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but then the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.’   (Lk. 24:5) It is Easter morning.  Some women have gone to Jesus’ tomb to anoint His body.  As they …

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Sharing the Love of Jesus

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 know …

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God’s Wondrous Love

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  (Rom. 5:8) Three weeks after my son John was born we had to rush him to the hospital. He had a virus and his whole system was shutting down. Every night I stayed with him—touching his little …

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A Dinner Party With Jesus

So, if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.    (Jn. 13:13) At the service when we would remember Jesus’ last night alive on this earth, we followed His command to wash each other’s feet. I would always set-up the washing-party with words like these: “We …

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Without Forgiveness, Love Dies

Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.    (Heb. 9:22) I’d been a jerk towards my wife.  Even though I wanted to rationalize my actions and justify my words, I knew I had to humble myself and finally say, “I’m …

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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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Jesus’ Living Water

Come see a man who told me everything I have ever done!   (Jn. 4:29) The woman had been married five times.  She was currently living with a man without being married.  Did her neighbors talk about her, judge her, and condemn her?  Did she feel marked, shunned, and ostracized? One day she meets a …

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