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trampled the waves of the sea

“…how can a man be in the right before God? He is wise in heart and mighty in strength… who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea; …who does great things beyond searching out, and … Continue reading

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We were there, plotting and scheming

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. Were you there when they crucified my Lord? “‘Were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ the old spiritual asks. And we must … Continue reading

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suffering is never for nothing

When we face news that leaves us speechless with confusion and grief, and we realize we’re  being led into a new path of intense suffering, what can we know to be true? Elisabeth Elliot used to tell a story that … Continue reading

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Who do we cry to when overwhelmed?

 “When I had great trouble I always went to God and was wondrously carried through; but in my little trials I used to try to manage them myself, and often most signally failed.” (Frances Havergal, 1836-1879) “When my heart is … Continue reading

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even though…yet I will

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle … Continue reading

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From silken self, O Captain, free

From prayer that asks that I may be Sheltered from winds that beat on Thee, From fearing when I should aspire, From faltering when I should climb higher, From silken self, O Captain, free Thy soldier who would follow Thee. … Continue reading

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unexpected tragedy and prayer through it

A couple nights ago in my town, a car filled with young college girls wrecked. Four girls, aged 19 and 20, died. Their moms and dads sent their daughters off to college last August, just as I did my oldest. … Continue reading

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I would have gained nothing

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of … Continue reading

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when reality is upside down

Child of God, your shepherd never sleeps. When you doubt His care, or His ability to carry your load, you’ve actually turned reality upside down. You’ve stared at the ant and missed the mountain. You’ve succumbed to whispered lies that insinuate your … Continue reading

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Leaving the Land of the Deadly Ifs (part 2)

There is a way to leave the Land of the Deadly Ifs. The way involves movement, as any leaving would. But it’s not movement away. It’s movement toward. In…closer…like this: “The crowds say he’s in the nearby countryside. He’s the … Continue reading

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Belief like the wise men

“It is not known who these wise men were. Their names and dwelling-place are alike kept back from us. We are only told that they came ‘from the East.’ Whether they were Chaldeans or Arabians we cannot say. Whether they … Continue reading

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Don’t be an optimist

Optimism hopes for the best without any guarantee of its arriving and is often no more than whistling in the dark. Christian hope, by contrast, is faith looking ahead to the fulfillment of the promises of God … Optimism is … Continue reading

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The blessing of not knowing what the new year (or tomorrow) brings

It’s that time of year. We reflect on the past and anticipate the year ahead — some of us with excitement, some with apprehension. In years past, I remember chafing at the fact that I couldn’t know the future. I … Continue reading

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that monster unbelief

The Spies with the Grapes of the Promised Land by Nicolas Poussin A single cluster of grapes so heavy they have to carry it on a pole between them — so rich is the harvest of the land God promises … Continue reading

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when a train goes through a tunnel

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. (Corrie ten Boom, 1892-1983) _________________________________ Corrie ten Boom lived through a sort of … Continue reading

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