Devotional

Reaching

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced. Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negev. May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of ...

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Isaiah, Homer, Percy Jackson and Me

The title of this devotion sounds like the first line of a really bad joke. Let me attempt to connect what may seem like random dots. Let’s start with Homer (not The Simpson’s icon), the ancient Greek Poet. This is the guy who is famous for writing “epic” poems.  His most famous works are the Iliad and the Odyssey, which ...

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How Can This Be Done?

Now the wife of a member of the company of prophets[a] cried to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead; and you know that your servant feared the Lord, but a creditor has come to take my two children as slaves.” 2 Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the ...

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God’s Desire For Us

The Eternal One addressed Moses on Mount Sinai. Eternal One: 2 Go, talk with the Israelites and tell them that when you arrive in the land I have promised to give to you, you are to make sure the land observes a Sabbath rest before Me. 3 Plant your fields, take care of your vineyards, and harvest your crops for six years; 4 but when the seventh year arrives, I want ...

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Parable of the Lost Student

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it?” – Luke 15:8 Two years ago, I found myself waking up at 5 am, driving 45 minutes to another city, and knocking on the doors of strangers. One of my students was on his last ...

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Accept and Extend.

For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; ...

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Who Is In Your Dust?

“I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;     I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” Psalm 32:8 I recently rewatched the Rob Bell Nooma series video 008 called “Dust.” In the video, Rob describes an important part of discipleship in the cultural context of Jesus and the disciples. In that time period, Jesus was ...

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Kingdom that Permeates

 Jesus asked, “What is God’s kingdom like? To what can I compare it? It’s like a mustard seed that someone took and planted in a garden. It grew and developed into a tree and the birds in the sky nested in its branches.” Again he said, “To what can I compare God’s kingdom? It’s like yeast, which a woman took and hid in a bushel ...

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Will It Thrive?

The Lord’s word came to me: Human one, compose a riddle and a parable about the house of Israel. Say, The Lord God proclaims: The great eagle with great wings, long feathers, and full, colorful plumage came to Lebanon and took the top branch of the cedar. He plucked a twig from the cedar’s crown, brought it to the land of traders, and set it down ...

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