in the valley

The times we were close, the times I sought You above all—You were close to me because I had nothing. You pushed all aside so that all I had was You. I was in a foreign place, surrounded by those who were different from me, far away from those who knew me. I clung to […]

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daughter day one

“Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” – Luke 8:48 “Daughter.” In a time and culture where fathers advocated for their daughters, this woman came to Jesus alone and ashamed. She was known to all as unclean, and there was no father to defend her or speak on her behalf. Upon touching […]

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love your neighbor (redux)

We hear it all the time. Love your neighbor. Jesus tells us to love. Jesus is love, and He wants us to love like Him. What is that supposed to look like? Do we “love” someone by tolerating them? Do we love someone by doing our best not to offend them? Do we love someone […]

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your Savior has come

I was looking through some prayers and messages I’d written down in my notebook in the course of the last year or so, and I came across this that I honestly don’t even remember writing down. But it was the word that I received from God at the time, and it’s an encouraging one: Your […]

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ohana

Dear Family, What does this word actually mean for you? You toss that word around when it’s convenient for you, and when it’s not, you hoard it to yourselves and keep it exclusively. When has that word ever been used to describe us? Yet you asked me this week—no, you shamed me—in order to convince […]

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broken cisterns

There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” […]

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sealed by Spirit

Sin, by definition in the Bible, is not wronging another person. It is assaulting the glory of God, rebelling against God. Sin, by definition, is a vertical phenomenon. — John Piper Ephesians 4:30 says not to grieve the Holy Spirit of God, who seals us as God’s own. To grieve = to oppress or wrong; to inflict […]

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