Category Archives: Jesus

Lessons From Little-Known Women of the Bible: Anna

It’s almost Thanksgiving, a day when we will simply give thanks around a table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other goodies.  No gifts.  No hype.  No countdown, unless you’re the one hosting a large crowd for the day, and even that is a joy. … Continue reading

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Questions about God and Evil

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If God is loving and all powerful, why does he allow evil?  Where is God when bad things happen to good people? Fair questions. For many people, suffering, especially that of innocents, is grounds for doubting the love, power or even the existence of … Continue reading

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Empty Bucket

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Recently I was asked to communicate an item from my bucket list for an upcoming family event.  That’s a problem for me, because I don’t have a bucket list.  Apparently, I still think I’m twenty years old, and that I have plenty of time to fulfill my … Continue reading

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Real Christianity or an Artificial Attempt

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If you water, fertilize and fuss over an artificial plant, will it grow?  Of course not.  It will never change for the better.  In fact, all that attention would probably convert an attractive silk flower arrangement into a mess. Real plants grow, and … Continue reading

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Hope for Parents in the Middle of July

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It is now the middle of July and the kids have been home for long enough to spend time with you, unstructured valuable time, take part in educational or sporting activities, relax a little, help around the house, and read.  … Continue reading

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Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

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My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language and he doesn’t always understand our idioms.  At a family birthday party recently a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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Living the Resurrection

Easter weekend this year was emotional for my husband and me.  Friday and Saturday we attended the visitation and funeral of a good friend from my college years.  We celebrated his life and mourned his death. On the way to the funeral … Continue reading

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Eagerly Desiring the Last Supper

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If you were the key to a great mystery that had been in the works for all of human history, would you eagerly await your opportunity to reveal it?  Me too. Jesus eagerly desired the last supper with his disciples. He knew what was … Continue reading

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God’s Highest Willingness

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“Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance.  It is laying hold of his highest willingness.”  Archbishop Trench I find this quote extremely helpful.  My prayers are often based on an unspoken assumption that God must be convinced to answer.  He is not reluctant to answer … Continue reading

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