Glory that Waits

 “Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting.  When they came out and blessed the people, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.”  Leviticus 9:23 Seems like so much theological wrangling is chicken and egg.  Which came first?  Does God do everything and humans are simply respondents to His actions?  Or […]

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Redeeming the Past

“See to it that you do not take my son back there.” Genesis 24:6 The great love story of Isaac and Rebekah’s arranged marriage may not align with our contemporary concept of falling in love, though one would be hard-pressed to deny the “love at first sight” essence of their meeting. Comforted in the tent […]

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Something old, Something new

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4 As a young teenager, our family needed to find a new church. My dad, who had always […]

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Christmas Blessings

To all my friends and family, I speak God’s abundant peace and joy over you in this holy season.  And as we move into a new year, the cry of my heart echoes Mary’s when the angel spoke of the blessing coming her way in the Christ-child, “Be it done to me according to your […]

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Simply Diverse

  “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.  But grace was given to each one of us.” Are we all the same or […]

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Hidden Beauty

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) The pic is nondescript, so let me […]

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Plan B

“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” (Proverbs 4:18) It started out as a wishing well.  But then, it was in the Arizona desert.  Might want to re-think my plans. Discovering God’s will for our lives is often mischaracterized as such a […]

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Not Exactly

“If his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering to the LORD is an animal from the flock, male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.” (Leviticus 3:6) OK, you own an A&W franchise and want to market your business to the community. What to promote? Hmmm. A classic root beer float? Naw, let’s […]

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Deep Darkness

“It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.” (Psalm 118:9) An Open Letter to my Children: Dear Ben, Erica, Adrian and JJ, Together with your spouses, I want to commend you for your conviction and integrity to engage the political process in last night’s election.  Now, more than ever, […]

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The Answer’s Up There, I Just Know It

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1,2) Since childhood I have loved going to the mountains.  Grand Lake, Colorado was my family’s vacation spot in the summer, and my mind floods with memories of […]

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