Tag Archives: Jesus

How to Overcome

Jesus dictated words to seven ancient churches through John in the book of Revelation.  Each dictation, “to the angel of the church in…,” begins with the phrase “These are the words of…”, describes commendations and warnings for the church, and ends … Continue reading

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Peace on Earth

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Christmas is a time of year when we hear the phrase “peace on earth” frequently, and this year we may look for peace a little more fervently than usual.  After all, we’re celebrating the day that Jesus, the Prince of Peace, was born.  … 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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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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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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We Fail; God is Faithful

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How many of us can claim to always have made good decisions, to have consistently been kind, thoughtful and considerate of other people, and to have honored God above ourselves?  Obviously, that is a rhetorical question. We fail.  Regularly.  Thank … Continue reading

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Christmas is Behind Us; Its Reality is With Us

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Christmas is behind us.   It was wonderful, and I am astonished once again at what God did for us.  Good family memories, fun stuff, and a few cookies are its left-overs.  It is almost time to take down the decorations, (a chore no … Continue reading

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Christmas Past

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Christmas was a wonderful time of the year for me when I was a child. Cookies, parties, church services and gifts were among the featured attractions, and I took full advantage of them.  Still do. We celebrated Jesus’s birth too. In my family the celebration of Jesus’s birth was central and … Continue reading

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