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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Jesus in Our River

Jesus showed up at the river. We read about this moment in all of the gospels. He came and put Himself among those who saw themselves as sinners. His compassion as the Good Shepherd brought Him there. These lost ones were precisely the people He came to seek and to...

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A List to Live By

A good list is a good list and can help us in many ways. I think I am coming to the place where I need lists more than ever. It is because I can allow myself to absorb way, way, way too much information and even a large capacity memory...

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Going On

Dad was first to go in our family. A shocking heart attack and he was gone. Just 60, Dad was pressured with life, and working hard to provide for all of us, could not find enough relief. He suffered only a few days of abject pain, then went. Dad was...

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Adam the Last, the Son of David

Strangers in a hostile world – this is what the disciples of Christ were and are to be. Jesus said so in John 16. This chapter of John’s gospel account is the conclusion of the discourse He gave to His men after the supper and after the washing of the...

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Water, Bread and Blood

Water. Bread. Blood. To me, it makes sense that the Lord used these to paint a picture of His salvation work in the world that He loves and cares for. These things are the primary stuff of human existence. They are the base things, the fundamental elements. These staples of...

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Meeting Jesus

Meeting Jesus, the gospel of John is all about this. The pages are full of encounters with the Son of God as He walked among people in towns and villages and wildernesses. Let’s take a look at a couple of these early meetings that the writer of this gospel describes...

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