Made Straight at the Door of Hope

She hobbled into the synagogue. Again. For 18 years, she staggered to the meeting place, to the house of the Lord, hunchbacked and afflicted to such a degree that she could not look up. What kept her coming? Hope, I think it was. She believed that someday she would leave...

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Well-known in All Our Ways

Leaven. Whispers. Sparrows. Hairs. Ravens. Lilies. Sheep. All of these words refer to little things. And Jesus had a lot to say about small stuff in Luke 12. Surprisingly, the chapter opens with a picture of something that was not at all small. The crowds around the Son were large...

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Eyes Open to the Light

Many who know a little bit about Christ hold an opinion of Him as a gentle philosopher and poet. He came to show love and bring people together. All of those things are accurate, but they don’t reflect the whole truth about Him. Do you see Jesus as a great...

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The Bones of Prayer

Prayer is big when it comes to following Jesus. We all want to know how to talk with God, and how to do it properly. Prayer comes easy to some. For most of us, however, it can be a struggle, especially when God seems silent as we wait for answers....

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Like Martha, Like Mary

Two sisters. Two very different personalities. Still, they were one in heart for and toward Jesus. They were like this along with their brother Lazarus. These women of the Scriptures are Mary and Martha, whose home at Bethany served as a rest stop for the Savior and His disciples. At...

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Great Harvest, Few Laborers

Jesus refused to allow His followers to sit idle, even after they’d stumbled. There was work to do, and He commissioned them to do it. He sent out more than 70 disciples as we read at the opening portion of Luke 10. This was done even after what we read...

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Help for Our Unbelief

“I believe, help my unbelief.” It’s a prayer I have learned to pray just about every day. This prayer comes from Mark 9, where we read about Jesus and His glorious transfiguration and, more importantly, what happened on the day after that shining moment. While reading Luke 9, we see...

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Taking His Shine

Jesus invited three of His Apostles – Peter, James, and John – to take a climb with Him. Up the mountain, they went to a place where the Savior gave Himself to prayer. Seems to me this would have been a time when I would want to keep my eyes...

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Learning the Way of the Cross

As time went on, Jesus began to teach the disciples in new ways. He gave them things to do.  He trained them in His mission and purpose. At the start of Luke 9, He formed His followers into teams. He equipped them with power to dispel demons and to heal...

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