He carries our burdens…

As a not-very robust 13 year old I got a taste of New England hiking: a goodly number of miles on some fairly rigorous Green Mountain trails. (Lesson to non-hikers: downhill can be just as formidable as up.) And both up and down with what seemed to me a heavy...

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Understanding the Real Story

The opening scene in the gospel of Luke is about a priest named Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a relative of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Zechariah and Elizabeth have no children. They are old, and she is barren. But God breaks in, and gives them a son:...

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Knitted Together for Purpose

Decades ago I was part of a college Christian group that got together for Bible study, prayer and outreach. My friend Judy was part of that group. At one point she started arriving at meetings with her Bible and knitting needles and a bag of bright blue woolen yarn. She...

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A Contrast to Keep in mind for the New Year

As you begin the year 2018, encourage yourself with the wonderful contrast found in Psalm 147! The psalmist wrote in verse 3 that the LORD “heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds” (or literally, “their sorrows”), and then immediately added that God also “counts the number of stars; He gives names to all...

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The Excitement of the Angels

Across the lofty unbridged void, At God’s great Throne above, A host of angels were convened To hear God’s plan of love. They heard how He would save the world By sending His own Son. They’d been called to speak of it, And they must leave at once! These mighty...

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Lift the Heavy Burden of Shame

How to Care for Parents of Prodigals A very helpful article by Dave Harvey from Desiring God Prodigal kids: the gaping wound for many Christian parents. A child, whether adolescent or adult, is living out their worst nightmare by charting a course away from God. They may be a people-pleasing prodigal,...

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God, Are You Still Listening?

…Hope For Imperfect Prayers (This post first appeared as an article at desiringGod.org) Does God really listen to our prayers? Does he really hear us when we cry out to him? Sometimes we pray for a long time about big things, like a health issue or a prodigal child or a difficult work situation,...

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It’s all in a Name

I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle to trust God – especially when things aren’t going very well. That’s why I was so encouraged when I found in Psalm 9 a beautiful summary of the secret to trusting God. In this psalm of praise to God, King David wrote that “those...

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