When Life Seems Impossible

There are impossible things in our lives. Weighty things that have been part of our landscape for a long time. Relationships, sickness, generational curses, strongholds…etc. Our initial reaction is to throw our hands up and say, “This will never change, he / she will never change! It will always be like this!” It...

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Hail Mary and the Fullness of Grace

“Hail, Mary!” These words should mean something to us, and not for the reasons that many people attach to them. “Hail, Mary!” This was the greeting extended to a girl in Nazareth, a girl betrothed; she was promised and bound to be wed to the carpenter Joseph. The greeting came...

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A Thief, Stolen by Mercy

With Jesus of Nazareth at Calvary, there hung two thieves. One thief somehow came to understand that the cross was where he belonged. His life spent steeped in crime meant that he had often found himself entangled in the Roman justice system. The logical outcome of his series of decisions...

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How to Answer Our Discontent

We can be people of very short memory. We forget and ignore what the Lord has done for us. Consider the people of Israel and how quickly they lost sight of how God worked for them. For 400 years plus, the descendants of Jacob lived as strangers in a land...

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Forever Chosen

Weakness wins – sometimes. We grow weary in our well doing. We feel alone and forgotten. We stumble and struggle to take the next step. What is it that should come to mind when we find ourselves feeling this way? I think it is this:  “I chose you.” Jesus spoke...

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Our Refuge, Our Fortress

“Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” These sentences speak of the Lord and His care for us. The first one comes from 2 Kings 6....

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Commandments Done Right

The word “commandment” is a word that sounds so forceful, so prohibitive, and so hard to us. We imagine a policeman shouting, “STOP!” when we consider it. So it may come as something of a surprise to hear John write these words in one of his letters: “For this is...

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