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…

Heavenly Stuff

Look at what love the Father has given to us, so that we may be called—and are—children of God. Because of this the world does not know us, for it did not know Him. Beloved ones, [right] now we are children of God and it has not yet been made…

Universal, God-Given Conscience

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul indicated that all can rightfully be held accountable to God because all have transgressed the law . . . knowingly. Of course, the Jewish listener would have to agree, because they knew the law, as handed down in the writings of…

Christ Is Risen, He Is Risen Indeed

The earliest Christians did not just endorse Jesus’ teachings, they were convinced they had, themselves, seen Jesus physically alive after His crucifixion. They traveled with Him, touched Him, heard His voice, listened to His teaching, spent time in conversation with Him, felt His breath, cooked and ate with Him.

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