The Grace of Jesus

“And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’”    (Rev. 21:5) A friend, during a recent conversation, said she had just taken a DNA test. When I asked if she had learned anything interesting about her background, her eyes got real big, and she said, “Yes, …

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Jesus can Lift Up, Heal and Mend Us

“When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’”    (Jn. 1:38) When Jesus noticed that some people were following him, He turned around and asked, “What are you looking for?” Did they answer? No. …

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The Presence of Jesus In Us

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.” (Lk. 1:41) “… it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” (Gal. 2:20) The joy that Elizabeth and Mary shared in today’s first scripture could only have happened with God. Elizabeth was considered too old to become …

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The Lord God is Always With You

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord, your God, is with you wherever you go.”    (Josh. 1:9) Once I was asked to give a graduation address to some men who, after leaving prison, had joined an intensive program to change their lives. Before giving …

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A Wise Counsel of Elders

“The king answered the people harshly. He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, ‘My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”  …

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Using Our Gifts and Talents from God

“Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.’”   (Matthew 25:24-25) The Master gave five …

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Embrace Living Into God’s Will

“This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.” (John 6:40) Sometimes we can make it sound like living into God’s will is a difficult duty or a terrible burden. We can …

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Jesus’ Bigger Heart of Grace

“Therefore I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence, she has shown great love. But the one to whom little is forgiven, loves little.”    (Luke 7:47) Jesus tells a Pharisee named Simon that the sinful woman who bathed his feet with her tears loves lavishly because she had been forgiven …

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Seeing People — Like Jesus

“Then turning toward the woman, he said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?’”    (Luke 7:44) A Pharisee named Simon had invited Jesus to dinner. Not long after Jesus had sat down, “a woman in the city, who was a sinner” (7:37) began to bathe His feet with her tears. Although Simon was interested …

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Paying Attention to the Messages in Our Lives

“So from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed. And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.”    (Dan. 5:24-25) The handwriting was on the wall, but he chose not to see it. His sweetheart had been sending him messages, but he refused to take her …

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