Hear the Beloved Son

They went to the mountain with Jesus to pray. They got so much more. Peter, James, and John were there – sleeping, surprisingly. Then came the Light, and these Apostles became “fully awake” to the Presence they were experiencing. Jesus stood before them in dazzling white garments. With Him, there...

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Jesus and Our Feet

It’s easy for us to imagine Jesus looking down from Heaven upon us. As Christians, we believe that He ascended through the clouds to take His place at the right hand of the Father on high. “Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool …” so we read in...

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Away with This Man

“Away with this man, and release unto us Barrabas” (Luke 23:18). These were the words spoken to Pontius Pilate, the Roman authority in Jerusalem. Before this ruler, there stood Jesus. He had been brought to Pilate so that an execution might be ordered. The Jewish religious leaders with their guard...

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The Darkness and the Dawn

Darkness came. For hours, Christ hung upon the Cross at Golgotha. At one point, all became shadow. This, I think, was a darkness like that described in Exodus, a darkness that could be felt, a deep night that beclouded heart and soul. That darkness came as the ninth plague in...

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Another Kind of Gift

For the shepherds, it began as a typical work night. They were at attention in the wilderness as usual.   These were simple, hardworking men who watched over animals with few defense mechanisms, since sheep lack claws or sharp teeth to use in encounters with their predators. These watchers were ever...

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Be Wise, Be Ready, Be Faithful

Jesus was no hometown hero. In Nazareth, the people took offense at His words and His works. Their familiarity with Him and His family hardened their hearts to the message He came to deliver. His upbringing, apparently, was rather ordinary – save for the scandal that revolved around Mary’s premarital...

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A Woman and Her Bucket

High noon, it was, and such a strange hour to come to the village well. This woman tried to sneak around right there in the bright, hot sun. She plotted to drop her pail, get her water, and be gone before anyone could notice her. Her ways were well known...

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