Embrace the Place

Scripture: “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”  Philippians 2:12-13 “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.” Zechariah...

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Picturing a Psalm of Ascent

Psalms 24 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure...

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Recounting Wonderful Deeds 

Scripture: Psalms 9:1, 2   “I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”   Reflection: I spent some time with my 2-year-old grandson...

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Routine Maintenance  

  One of the most life-changing purchases a man can make for himself is that of a good grill or smoker. I have enjoyed countless meals of steak, ribs, chicken, and Thanksgiving turkey, bathed in that beautiful, rich hickory flavor, all thanks to my smoker. It has...

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Humility Inventory

Scripture: I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Psalms 34:1,2 "Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you,...

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Problem Prayers

Scripture: “Keep on praying and guard your prayers with thanksgiving.” — Colossians 4:2 “When you call me and come and pray to me, I will listen to you.” — Jeremiah 29:12   Reflection: I listened to a friend pray that other day. I have grown accustomed to him...

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The Seven Joys

Scripture: Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in faith so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are...

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Contending with His Energy

  Scripture: “To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” Col 1:29 “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”  Phil 4:13 NLT Reflection: The second law of thermodynamics states that if left to its...

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The Cardinal Question

The Cardinal Question “Who do you say I am?”   The big question came just after Jesus healed a blind man in the town of Bethsaida. Jesus and the disciples were hiking into the hill country toward the region of Caesarea Philippi, a place known for its debauchery and...

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