God’s Extravagant Love and Grace

The wine steward said, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.”    (John 2:10) Just as Jesus saved the wedding festivities for that young couple long ago in Cana, so He can do the same in …

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Running on Empty

“When the wine steward tasted the water that had become wine and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But …

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Take Your Doubts and Struggles to God

“When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three o’clock, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, ‘Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?’ which means, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”  (Mark 15:33-34) During the first semester of my senior year in college, I decided to …

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Traveling With Jesus

Jesus said, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money—not even an extra tunic.” (Luke 9:3) When many of us travel, we try to get as much as possible in our suitcases. We do so because we don’t want to be caught with the wrong or not enough clothes at …

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God Calling Us Into Service

“Then there came a voice to him that said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?’ He answered, ‘I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelites have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left…’”   (1 Kg. 19:13-14) When …

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Grace is Given as a Gift

“And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’” (Matthew 20:11-12) You can probably remember saying as a child, “That’s not fair.”  Your friend got to do …

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We Weep With Jesus but We Can Bring Change

As he came near and saw the city, he wept over it…   (Luke 19:41) I didn’t want to write about the 19 children and 2 teachers who had been killed in Uvalde. I didn’t want to write about the grief of those parents because I knew that doing so would plunge me into the depths …

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Jesus and Our Special Olympics

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.   (Hebrews 12:12) Have you ever seen the video clip of a Special Olympics race from several years ago about all the kids …

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Make Room for Jesus

And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.   (Luke 2:7) Christmas is hard this year.  I fully expected it would be, but I didn’t know how hard. If you have been following …

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There is No Out, Only Through

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me.  (Psalm 23: 4) This phrase flooded me right after someone asked me the following question two weeks after my daughter had died: “Jim, just how long do you think it will …

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