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Many plans are in a person’s mind, but the Lord’s purpose will succeed. - Proverbs 19:21 (CEB) My dream has always been to work for one of the world peace organizations. I prayed for God to help … more
Jesus wept. - John 11:35 (KJV) I went to church feeling numb the morning after eleven people were massacred at Tree of Life Synagogue during a Shabbat service in nearby Pittsburgh. I needed to kneel … more
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. - John 8:36 (NIV) I am in prison, but I am more free now than I was prior to incarceration. Though I was a pastor, worship leader, and staff member … more
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. - Psalm 46:1 (NIV) A gospel singer in my country wrote a song with the lyric, “[Go] upward, forward. There is no limit.” When I … more
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. - 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) My mom’s ministry was sending birthday cards with … more
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? - Psalm 27:1 (KJV) My life was going well, but then everything changed. I … more
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. - Proverbs 14:31 (NIV) I was in a hurry when I came to a stop at a traffic light. A homeless … more
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? - Matthew 6:27 (NIV) I used to worry a lot, which produced feelings of fear, sadness, or confusion. So I decided to try to turn each … more
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. - Hebrews 12:1 (NIV) I was standing with my … more
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:16 (NIV) One bleak, cloudy, autumn day, I went to do my grocery shopping. As I … more
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Philippians 4:6 (NIV) For the past two summers I have worked at a … more
Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth. - Psalm 46:10 (NRSV) For many years I quickly drove past a forest alongside the highway. To me it was … more
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) Recently I visited an art display entitled “A Leap of Faith.” It featured a pitch-dark staircase … more
Go and do likewise. - Luke 10:37 (NIV) An image of Jesus laughing hangs on a wall in my office. When a friend saw the image of Jesus with his head thrown back and mouth wide open in uproarious … more
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit. - Matthew 13:23 (NRSV) My husband was a brilliant physician. He retired early … more
I will take my post; . . . I will keep watch to see what the Lord says to me and how he will respond to my complaint. - Habakkuk 2:1 (CEB) Few things can dampen our resolve or put our faith to the … more
Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” - Matthew … more
Jesus said, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?” - Luke 12:25 (NIV) During the 25 years I have been reading The Upper Room, I’ve noticed that common themes and favorite … more
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) One morning, I was looking at new growth on a branch of my potted plant. A few days … more
Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him! - Mark 4:41 (NIV) Anyone who has traveled with me knows that I fall asleep in uncomfortable and unconventional places. Whether in crowded subways … more
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