Sticks and Stones

“What is in your hand?” God loves this question. When He first appeared to Moses from a burning bush He asked him, “What is in your hand?” Moses replied, “A staff.” That was enough for God. For the rest of the story, Moses’ staff released plagues over Egypt, parted the Red Sea, scared water out […]

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Twin devils: frustration and discouragement

It is not always the big enemies that can take us out in life. Certainly, Goliath is frightening, with his hulking frame and taunting voice, but sometimes the lesser foes can be just as dangerous to our health. We all square off against Goliath in our stories, sometimes more than once. We all have moments […]

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Living among lions…now what?

When David was hiding inside a cave from king Saul, he penned these plaintive words: “I am in the midst of lions; I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts.” Can you relate to David? Have you ever wanted to hide inside a cave? Have you ever felt pursued by King Saul, or surrounded by […]

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Strength to Love–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! As we pause this week to ponder Dr. King’s contribution to the cause of justice and equality in our nation and world, I want to suggest a resource that I think you will love. Dr. King’s book, Strength to Love, is one of the best books I have read […]

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A ‘storied’ people

“Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story.” (Psalm 107:2) In your readings through the Old and New Testaments, do you ever marvel at the constant, even redundant, telling of Israel’s story? Doesn’t it seem like the biblical writers are always rehearsing Israel’s formation, bondage, rescue, decline, and promised renewal? It is sort of […]

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