I Will Not Be Ashamed – Psalm 119:41-48

March 7, 2016

Read Psalm 119:41-48 Hypocrisy is a fearsome charge. “You call yourself Christian! How then…?” But our fear is often misplaced and contrary to our identity in Christ. This fear values human judgment over the transformative work of Christ in us. A life of self-aware humility can seldom be charged with hypocrisy (and it is ready to receive the charge when true)….

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Confession Opens the Door – Psalm 119:24-32 (Fourth in Lent)

March 6, 2016

Read Psalm 119:24-32 What keeps us from moving forward to Christ? For the psalmist it is anything that is unconfessed. So all is confessed—a dead soul, a dull heart, grief, blindness, ignorance, pretense. The psalmist does not move forward unaware. At the very heart of each struggle lies a hidden paradox: the very confession of sin countermands its effects and insistence….

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God Who Calls Us to Be – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13

March 5, 2016

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 My first instinct is to say, you silly people, you walked through the sea on dry ground. You were fed by the hand of God. How could you fail to worship God? Why were your bodies scattered in the wilderness instead of feasting in the promised land? Scripture says they were indulgent, they grumbled and tested God….

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God Who Quenches Thirst – Psalm 63:1-8

March 4, 2016

Read Psalm 63:1-8 Have you ever been parched? I have. Not only was I thirsty but my whole body was exhausted from the heat. I was young and had just finished a run on a hot muggy day in south Georgia. My run ended at the pool where I lived. With my running shoes off and the remainder of my clothes…

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God of Second Chances – Luke 13:1-9

March 3, 2016

Read Luke 13:1-9 Whether we’re judging someone else or ourselves, we all need second chances. Whether we’re judging someone else or ourselves, we all need mercy. I’m so grateful that my years of fruitless living didn’t disqualify me from having a relationship with Jesus. I’m so grateful that my years of fruitless living didn’t render me useless to God. And, I’m…

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God Who Can Be Found – Isaiah 55:6-9

March 2, 2016

Read Isaiah 55:6-9 When life is exhausting, seeking the Lord can seem daunting. I wrote the following in the middle of disappointment and disease. What do you do when disappointment takes hold, When it settles somewhere deep in your soul. How does it escape? Where can it go? It needs a release for one to be whole. Perhaps it can only…

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God Who Invites – Isaiah 55:1-5

March 1, 2016

Read Isaiah 55:1-5 Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy, and eat! Come buy wine and milk without money, without price” (v. 1). Come, says the Lord. Come listen and delight yourself in what you find. It’s an invitation given to all regardless of resources. An invitation given simply to those who are…

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God of Our Children – Psalm 102:25-28

February 29, 2016

Read Psalm 102:25-28 I’ve always felt like a late bloomer, never quite where I want to be. During my struggle to accept the fact that I might never have children I read this quote: “Mothering is no second-rate ministry for the spiritually and intellectually mediocre. Mothering is a Christ-rated ministry for soul and mind sculptors, and what could ever be sub-standard…

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God of Release – Psalm 102:11-12, 18-22 (Third in Lent)

February 28, 2016

Read Psalm 102:11-12, 18-22 For years I’ve waited for “a people not yet created.” More specifically for a child that was not yet created—a child I thought would be conceived, developed, and born of my own flesh and blood. For years I groaned like a prisoner trapped in a body that refused to do what I desired. But the Lord looked…

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God Is Our Keeper – Psalm 101:1-4

February 27, 2016

Read Psalm 101:1-4 Often, the early stages of our Christian walk are full of earnest promises to God. But then we may become frustrated as we struggle to keep these commitments—and sometimes fail miserably. The good news is that God will help us keep our commitments. God will strengthen and keep us on the right path. David pledges to be a…

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