Lugging Around Our Push Carts

Do you ever look at another person and wish you could exchange lives? Maybe they’re better looking, or richer, or thinner, or taller, or shorter, or maybe they just seem to have it all together. The desire to walk in another person’s shoes often has a catalyst—trials, fears, failures, and a host of other things […]

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Advent: Picture of Humility

[ Previous:  Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise ] Would we have known what true humility looked like if Jesus had come to earth in regal robes rather than swaddling clothes, in the splendor of a palace rather than stench of a stable? Perhaps the Apostle Paul would have instructed us to follow the example of Moses, […]

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Advent: Fulfillment of a Promise

[ Previous:  Advent: Making His Blessings Flow ] A few weeks before we moved out of South Florida, I injured by foot and was rendered immobile. So a dear friend did what any caring friend would do—she cooked dinner for our family. We tried, we really did, but we simply couldn’t swallow any of the food […]

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Text and Context

Last week cast a long shadow into this week with so many things left undone after five days of VBS. I kept returning to my “to do” list on Saturday adding more and more items that came to mind. I comforted myself with the thought that Monday was coming and life would return to normal. […]

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Four Words

In his book The Disciplines of Grace, R. Kent Hughes traces out for us the first four commandments, calling them the first four words of grace. He compares them to a beautiful floral bouquet that must be held together for maximum effect. The maximum effect that he refers to is the “sweet power to love […]

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I Am Not the Answer

I sat across from a young woman at lunch the other day and listened to her describe her present situation, which was depressing. Although she never declared herself desperate, desperation was as present at the table as the food we shared. Every time I’m in these situations, something inside me wants to fix the problem […]

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For the Joy Set Before Him: Day Two

If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. Therefore his love is willing to meet the demands of his justice. . .Let us […]

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The Pace of Grace

For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love. Galatians 5:6 I’m one of those people who can easily fall into the tyranny of the urgent. The problem is most days are filled with what appears to be important tasks, things that must get done. Too often […]

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