Render Unto Caesar

Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. MARK 12:17 (NIV) Money does have its proper place. Yet, first century Christians continued to struggle and wrestle with this very difficult issue, so both Peter and Paul helped them by explaining Jesus’ teaching. Peter…

Lonely

“The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.” THE GIVER, LOIS LOWRY “See ya later, Pete!” he called across the cubicles, grabbing his things before heading out into the afternoon. It was early—the half-shift over, time for the…

Stressed

Up and down my back, my spine, in my brain It injures me, babe… Anger, can make you old, yes it can I said anger, can make you sick, children… oh Jesus Anger destroys your soul Rage, there’s no room for rage in there MARVIN GAYE ANGER With the office on…

Overwhelmed

“How did it go?” he asked, not looking up. His face was half hidden leaning on his hand as he studied the screen. The luminescence seemed to give his hair and forehead a pallid glow. You are the God who sees My deepest hurt My every need HOLLAND DAVIS, YOU ARE…

Grief

One tear in the dropping rain One voice in a sea of pain Could the maker of the stars                Hear the sound of my breaking heart             TENTH AVENUE NORTH HOLD MY HEART She woke up puffy-eyed. Putting a hand to her face, she tentatively touched…

Numb

We are starting a new series for Saturday morning, a devotional series that we hope eventually to develop into a book. “We” are my three adult children and I–Natasha, Mari, and Julia, and me, Joanne. Please let us know how this series strikes you, as we very much want it…

Triumphal Entry

Have you ever come into the middle of a conversation, and it sounds really interesting, and you try to get what everyone is talking about, from the context? I mean, first you are quiet and you just nod your head, “mmhhm, mmhhm,” and you hope no one has noticed you…

Bartimaeus

In order to really get what this passage is about, you’ll need to look in a mirror for a few minutes. First, before you look in the mirror (maybe have it behind you), hold your hands above and below your head until you can just see them with your peripheral vision.…

Seasoned With Salt

What did you want to be, growing up? What did your parents want you to be? Did you ever have a sense of destiny? What about childhood promises you made to yourself—when I grow up, I will always have a clean house, or I will never get hurt again, or…

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