Jesus Gives Us the “Basket” of His Love and Grace

“Jesus said, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.”   (John 6:12-13) A 6-year-old girl asked, “Didn’t Jesus eat lunch?” I said, “What you do mean? ”She …

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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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Jesus — Exorcist and Healer

Just then there was in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him'  …

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Jesus Commends Our Lives to God

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.   (Luke 23:46) Years ago, I made a retreat at a monastery in Boston. When I met my director on the first night, he said, “This week, I want you to write your obituary.” This may sound like an easy or simple exercise, but it wasn’t. The longer …

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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 — Our Encourager and Supporter

And there appeared to them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.   (Mark 9:4) It had been a difficult time. After Peter had proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah, Jesus told the disciples that He had to suffer and die. When Peter tried to correct Jesus, Jesus rebuked Peter by saying he was acting …

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Our Tears Matter to God

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them as their God; they will be his peoples, and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.'   (Revelation 21:3-4) What are the things that have made you cry? Has it been the …

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