Archive for March, 2013

Mar
30

The Grace of the Cross

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 On this weekend as we reflect on Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection, my heart is gripped by the beauty of Christ’s sacrifice, the depths of his obedience, the riches of his gift, and the disconcerting path God chose for our redemption. And I am drawn to reflect on the grace of the cross.

Jesus, declaring the purposes of his earthly ministry, stood up in the synagogue (Luke 4:18) amidst the religious systems of his day and proclaimed that his heart was for the poor, the brokenhearted, those bound in sin, the ones blinded, and the oppressed. Foretastes of grace reverberated throughout the atmosphere; the rumbles began, as Jesus declared that the prophecy of Isaiah 61 was being fulfilled.

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I was only three feet inside the door of the grocery store when it happened. “Want to try our Key Lime Pie?” the woman asked. And there it was. Those little plastic cups with samples. Bait, really.  And the psychology is fabulous. If you can only get the consumer to taste the product, if it’s good enough it will sell itself.

And so it did.

The absurd thing is that I don’t really even like Key Lime Pie.

I almost declined the offer, but I was ravished. The day had been busy. I’d just never gotten around to eating much and now here I was, in the grocery store, starving.

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Mar
11

One on One with God

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One of the perks of my job is that I get to spend one on one time with individuals. Time when my job demands that I listen, with both my ears and my heart. Time when I not only listen, but I watch. Watch for body language that speaks a myriad of truths ranging from fear, to grief, to anger, to joy. Time to say, “You matter,” I’m sorry for your pain,” “You are important,” and more. 

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Mar
07

Simple Lessons from The Lord’s Prayer

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Prayer can feel like a 1,000 piece puzzle sometimes. Religious systems, spiritual leaders, the enemy of our souls, and even our own prideful ways of thinking whisper in our ears that God must certainly require prayer to be difficult. Could we really pray well in less than 75 words?

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Categories : prayer, the Word of God
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