Union

"All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them." -- John 17:10 Luke tells us that the disciples respond in joyful worship to Jesus' ascension and wait to be clothed with "power from on high." (Luke 24:49-53). To my mind, this seems a strange response to the departure of the …

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Glory

"To speak of God's glory, in biblical terms, is not just to speak of his splendor and beauty (though that too) but also to speak of how weighty, heavy, and substantial he is." --Andrew Wilson, God of All Things Today is Ascension Day, the day we remember Jesus' return to heaven and enthronement as King. …

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Truth

I, the LORD, speak the truth. I declare what is right." --Isaiah 45:19b Christ's Resurrection is the triumph of Truth over the lies of darkness. To be Resurrection people means we allow God's Truth the reign over our lives--the Truth about Him (His goodness, faithfulness, love, power, and kingdom) and the Truth about us (our …

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Joy

My friend recently shared a video of her 18 month-old granddaughter searching for her first Easter eggs. Directed initially by her father, the little one examines the first egg with mild curiosity, but then she sees an egg on her own. She turns to look at the adults gathered around with the greatest delight then …

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Victory

"We thank you, heavenly Father, that you have delivered us from the dominion of sin and death and brought us into the kingdom of your Son; and we pray that, as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his love he may raise us to eternal joys; who lives and reigns …

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Advent Dawns

O Dayspring, splendor of light eternal and sun of righteousness; Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.O Antiphons, Traditional Advent is traditionally observed as a fast of self-reflection similar to Lent. However, my weeping in this season tends to be not so much for my own sinfulness as it …

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Comfort Ye

"For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through encouragement of the scriptures, we might have hope." --Romans 15:4 I've been spending a lot of time with the prophets lately and finding them strangely comforting. Something about their unwavering confidence to speak God's word has been a …

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Hope

"Let the Amen sound from His people again"Joachim Neander (1650-1680); Translated by Catherine Winkworth Today is a day to sing "Amen." Let's affirm with generations of saints--"Yes I believe." When Jesus tells the Pharisees to render to Caesar what is Caesar's, he also tells them to give to God what is God's. To give to God …

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Power

"There is no fight He cannot win, no far place from which He cannot bring His children home."--Amanda Bible Williams, The Lord Is Our God It's pretty easy to recognize that we are currently living in a very hostile, public battle for power. But how often do we recognize the equally hostile, but much more …

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Healing

"Wherever the brokenness of sin touches, wherever fragmentation and alienation occurs, the mission of God looks like putting back together what evil has torn apart."--Glenn Packiam Physical injuries often require external intervention to facilitate healing. Washing a laceration to remove impurities, soothing a wound with the application of ointment, the surgical alignment of bones, (in …

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