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O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples. - 1 Chronicles 16:8 (NRSV) As a public-utility worker for many years, I went out on service calls — often … more
Give to those who ask, and don’t refuse those who wish to borrow from you. - Matthew 5:42 (CEB) One day as I was leaving the grocery store, a man recognized me from my teaching days. He … more
If your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off. - Mark 9:43 (NIV) There are over 60 languages spoken in my neighborhood, making it one of the most diverse communities in the world. But the beauty of … more
Carry each other’s burdens. - Galatians 6:2 (CEB) I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. I do, however, find comfort in knowing … more
“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) I have been … more
Jesus replied [to Andrew and Philip], “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many … more
[Jesus] said to [his disciples], “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.” - Luke 11:2 (NRSV) My daughter Alexis is an active three-year-old who loves to … more
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. - Psalm 32:8 (NIV) I received a degree in education in 2014. After graduation, I packed my … more
We are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. - 2 Corinthians 2:15 (NIV) I used to work at a local mission. Some of my most vivid memories … more
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. - Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) A few months ago I flew in a small plane. As the plane moved down the runway and began … more
The LORD said, “My word . . . that goeth forth out of my mouth . . . shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” - Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) My friend Robin was … more
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) The wind was brisk as we stood huddled and cold on the town steps one evening in April. We were thankful we had … more
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. - Philippians 4:13 (KJV) For many months, my six children and I were homeless and living in our rundown car. We got most of our food out of … more
Jesus stood still and called them, saying, “What do you want me to do for you?” - Matthew 20:32 (NRSV) When I’m at a social gathering and someone discovers I’m a pastor, the … more
God said, “Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” - Genesis … more
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will … more
Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” - Genesis 21:6 (NIV) One Sunday morning I noticed many solemn faces in my congregation. I … more
The LORD said, “I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting.” - Numbers 8:19 (NIV) For a couple of years, I co-taught a preschool class … more
Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. - Luke 6:28 (CEB) Years ago I worked with individuals who had suffered traumatic brain injuries. Most of my clients were people who had … more
Be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. — Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Despite living a tumultuous life, King David did not waver when it came to his hope in the righteousness of God. He … more
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