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Accounted

Accounted

“By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11) He never presented himself as a celebrity. Not by a long...

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Center Stage

Center Stage

“But made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:7) Your servant’s heart startles us. Your supreme might, holiness, and majesty are our usual...

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To Mind

To Mind

“’The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” (Lamentations 3:25) Sometimes it’s a good idea to remember the essentials – to go back and take in truths we knew once but our...

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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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Parallel Stories

Parallel Stories

“Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour…And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were...

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Hovering

Hovering

“They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” (Eph 4:18) They scrutinized Jesus like a hawk peering...

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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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Wooden Stakes

Wooden Stakes

"God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places." (Habakkuk 3:19) I ran headlong into old friends this week –  caught sight of them when I...

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Simplicity

Simplicity

"And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart." (Luke 18:1) Jesus was the grand storyteller who scattered seeds of truth on the inquisitive and indifferent...

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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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Living Color

Living Color

“But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to my people Israel, for they will soon come home. For behold, I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be...

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Twenty-Seventh Time

Twenty-Seventh Time

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1) Surrounded by a dreary haze, I falter. But what is that to you...

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