O Little Town

It was the point of entry for Jesus. The Son came here as Immanuel, God with us. It was at that time a shepherd’s place. This makes sense:  the Good Shepherd first showed up in a sheep town. We are talking about the little town of Bethlehem, of course. During...

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Hail Mary and the Fullness of Grace

“Hail, Mary!” These words should mean something to us, and not for the reasons that many people attach to them. “Hail, Mary!” This was the greeting extended to a girl in Nazareth, a girl betrothed; she was promised and bound to be wed to the carpenter Joseph. The greeting came...

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A Thief, Stolen by Mercy

With Jesus of Nazareth at Calvary, there hung two thieves. One thief somehow came to understand that the cross was where he belonged. His life spent steeped in crime meant that he had often found himself entangled in the Roman justice system. The logical outcome of his series of decisions...

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The Things That Make for Peace

Jesus showed up. Alive and unannounced, He appeared in the midst of them, a gang of anxious, frightened followers. They’d bolted the door and shuttered the windows. They expected arrests and tortures to begin at any moment. Reports had come from the Tomb. Jesus was gone. His body disappeared in...

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A Prayer for His Own

Jesus’ great prayer for His own is what we find in John 17. This was a major moment in a night like no other on earth. The disciples’ Passover time with their Rabbi began ordinarily enough. They ate the supper as these Jewish believers had done since their childhood. They...

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The Power of the Name

Jesus has His place in glory. He went up. It must have been such a sight to see. He was speaking to these faithful followers, gathered on the Mount of Olives. His feet left the earth and He rose through clouds. Away went the Son, the Savior, the Christ of...

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Embrace the Spirit

It was a promise Jesus made to His men. He was going away, and Another would be coming to them. Not just Another, but One like Him; more than like Him, One who was He Himself, Jesus tried to explain. We are talking Trinity here, a divine reality that remains...

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Forever Chosen

Weakness wins – sometimes. We grow weary in our well doing. We feel alone and forgotten. We stumble and struggle to take the next step. What is it that should come to mind when we find ourselves feeling this way? I think it is this:  “I chose you.” Jesus spoke...

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A Clear and Definite Message

John 14 is the chapter where Jesus declares who He is with clarity and definition. He discerned the thoughts that were coming to the minds of His men. Here at the Last Supper, they had seen and heard new and mysterious things. Jesus washed their feet and told them to...

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