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Did This

Did This

“Noah did this; he did all that God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22) This intriguing verse haunts me, floats inside the middle of my mind and refuses to go overboard. I can’t shake it; it’s caught in the...

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Just a Minute

Just a Minute

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:1) Waiting patiently for the Lord means we don’t try to cajole an answer out of him or force our wants and wishes on the...

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Backyard Pulpit

Backyard Pulpit

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” (Psalm 16:1) The racket emanating from my backyard escalated, forcing me to abandon my task and discover what could possibly be creating such uproar. With...

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Mark My Words

Mark My Words

“And they were astonished at his teaching.” (Mark 1:22) “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching” (Mark 1:21). Enter our home, dear Lord, as...

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Likewise

Likewise

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36) In this instance, the crowd did not come to Jesus. This time...

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Outdo

Outdo

“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve...

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Esteem

Esteem

“O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” (Isaiah 25:1) This “exalting” of God is what we long to...

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Becoming

Becoming

“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14) As...

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Little Things

Little Things

“For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice.” (Zechariah 4:10) Our expectations soar when grand developments, great accomplishments, and large gatherings are the norm. God’s...

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Unthinkable

Unthinkable

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him.” (Matthew 3:13) When Jesus approached John with this appeal, John didn’t think this was entirely a good idea. Feeling...

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Beautiful

Beautiful

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (Colossians 2:6-7) At...

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Cheer Leader

Cheer Leader

"Therefore encourage one another with these words." (1 Thessalonians 4:18) I remember him cheering from the bleachers. James’ full throttled, all-encompassing, top-of-the-lungs, hooting and hollering...

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