The Repair Work Jesus Came To Do

“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.” (Is. 58:12) Several years ago, I joined the board of directors for the Coalition for the Homeless in Houston. Shortly after joining, our executive …

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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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The Walking Bread of Jesus

Then [Jesus] took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.’   (Luke 22:19) During the last supper with His disciples, Jesus took some bread, blessed it, broke it, and …

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The Hope We Have to Share

Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence...  (1 Peter 3: 15-16) Has anyone ever “demanded” that you make your “defense” for the hope that’s in you?  Ever had anyone ask, “Given all you’ve …

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Our Hope in Prevailing

Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed; and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.  But Moses’ hands grew weary; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it.  Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so, …

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