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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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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Resting Upon the Grace of Jesus

For I am not ashamed of the gospel; it is the power of God for salvation…    (Romans 1:16) Not many things are more traumatic than feeling ashamed. Ashamed for something we did or didn’t do. Ashamed of being exposed or failing. Ashamed of our past or our present. Ashamed of our bodies or our …

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Grace is Jesus’ Best Gift

Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me… Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’  …

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Making the Most of Our Days

Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time…   (Ephesians 5:15) I believe in everlasting life. I also believe we need to honor this life. We will honor this life when we are, as Paul says, “making the most of this time.” I’ve been with …

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The Word of God Made Flesh

And the Word became flesh and lived among us…   (John 1:14) This past Sunday, I preached on today’s scripture at a church that was 8 miles away from where I had once served 30 years ago. I started the sermon by sharing how Lucy and I had gone on a life-changing trip to the Holy …

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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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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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