Turning Aside

Then Moses said, ‘I must turn aside and look at this great sight and see why the bush is not burned up.’   (Ex. 3:3) Today’s scripture is such a small moment that had such incredible outcomes.  If Moses hadn’t turned aside and obeyed God’s calling out of the bush, the Hebrew people would have remained …

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Our Time in Midian

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.   (Ex. 3:1) For the first 40 years of his life Moses had been trained to be a commander of armies. For his next 40 years Moses …

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Answering God’s Call

During the night Paul had a vision: there stood a man of Macedonia pleading with him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us.’  (Acts. 16:9) Paul dreamed about the “man of Macedonia pleading” with him while he was in Asia Minor. Although the distance between Asia Minor and Macedonia was only a few …

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A Kingdom of God Moment

Jesus said, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.'   (Mk. 1:15) At the end of each session at the jail I always ask the inmates what subject they would like to talk about for the coming week.  On one occasion they decided to …

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Jesus’ Love Makes All Things New

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  (Heb. 13:8) One of my least favorite expressions is “same-old, same-old.”  When I ask someone how they’re doing, and they say “same-old, same-old,” I’m tempted to do an “encouragement-intervention” on them. The expression sounds so dreary, sullen, and bored.  One of the ways I sometimes …

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Worshipping and Praising God

Worship the Lord in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.    (Ps. 96:9) I recently led a workshop on Emotional Intelligence at the sheriff’s academy.  Before starting to present the material, I asked the participants what it was like to be police officers these days. They were very forthcoming about all the strains, …

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God’s Breath Gives Us Life

…then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.    (Gen. 2:7) I was a competitive swimmer in high school.  In order to stay in shape during the off-season, our coach encouraged us to become lifeguards.  …

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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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Jesus with You Always and Everywhere

But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.   (Mk. 16:7) I’ve been to Galilee.  Even though it was incredible to be where Jesus once walked, no one would have thought Galilee was anything special before Jesus …

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Coffee With Jesus

In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.    (Mk. 1:35) For many years my spiritual advisor was a monk.  His name was Tom.  Although I haven’t worked with him for many years, I’m still drawing from our times together. …

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