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Danger Zone

Danger Zone

“Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples.” (John 18:2) The familiar is usually our happy place! Although many of us crave adventure, there is...

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On the Way to the Cross

On the Way to the Cross

“Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.” (Luke 22:54) “Then they seized him and led him away…”  They seized the very...

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Love Lived Out

Love Lived Out

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices...

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Uncommon Touch

Uncommon Touch

“The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.” (Psalm 145:9) Black clouds in military formation marched across the horizon like an army of soldiers with a load of rain. Palm...

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Inside Look

Inside Look

“For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) The Lord sees. Inside! Our outward appearance means nothing to him. God is not...

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Beginning

Beginning

“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple, in the fear of you.” (Psalm 5:7) As the year flutters open its eyelids, I step into...

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With Us

With Us

“And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28) No angel in sight right now bringing us that startling announcement he brought to Mary. No light filling our...

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Attached

Attached

“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint and to him who has no might he...

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Arms Enough

Arms Enough

“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:1 “Strengthened” by your grace is a wonderful place to start the morning. Your father’s heart sees me precisely...

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Birth Days

Birth Days

“Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.” (1 Timothy 1:2) Gracie was turning nine, and grinned wide-eyed with wonder at the prospect of her party. I jumped into the excited...

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Seasonal

Seasonal

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1) Today the morning skies are a shadowy gray announcement that rainfall has been invited to the podium. Tiled...

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Outlandish

Outlandish

“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5 Gifts deliver delight. A fragrant bunch of peonies...

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