Forgiving Someone From Our Heart

So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.    (Mt. 18:35) The man was a respected leader in town. The man also had a secret life.  During business trips he indulged in risky behavior.  In time, he contracted a …

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Being All-In With God

He said to them, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and will all your mind.’   (Mt. 22:37) I was meeting with a couple (I’ll call them John and Mary) before their wedding the next day.  While reviewing their vows, John said, “I’m having a hard …

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Saved, Delivered, Freed, or Healed

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.   (Ex. 14:30) The Hebrews were running away from the tyranny of Pharaoh.  At some point along the escape route, they looked back and saw the Egyptian army in murderous pursuit.  They thought they were doomed to …

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Taking Responsibility for Your Life

Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat? The man said, ‘The woman whom you have to be with me, she gave me the fruit from the tree, and I ate.’    (Gen 3:11-13) Recently I was asked to help resolve some serious conflicts between two colleagues. I planned …

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Jesus at Our Side

But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; for they all saw him and were terrified.  But immediately he spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'  Then he got into the boat with them and the wind ceased.(Mark …

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Faith Lost and Then Found Again

Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted…. Therefore, I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’   (Job 42:1-3) His name was Will.  He was a retired clergy person who …

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God’s Grace Can Heal Your Heart

Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice...   (Eph. 4:31) Let me call her Eleanor.  She was in her seventies. I visited her every month.  We would read scripture, pray, share communion together, and then she would launch into bitterly complaining about her mother. During …

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Singing the Lord’s Song

'How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?'   (Ps. 137:4) The Jews cried these words while they were being deported to Babylon.  They had just witnessed their army being defeated, their Temple being destroyed, and God’s city being sacked.  On their long march to Babylon, they worried about whether they would …

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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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Encouraging One Another

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.  (1 Thess. 5:11) She was a world-class athlete, who had competed at the Iron Man championship in Hawaii—which is 2.4 miles swimming, 112 miles biking, and 26.2 miles running. I had met her at the gym. If you sweat in close …

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