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Palm Sunday’s Ride—Humility’s Hurrah

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading

Christmas Lights

You have prepared your salvation in the presence of all peoples, a light of revelation—to the nations and the glory of your people, Israel. … This child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel and for a sign to be opposed. As a result of him the thoughts of many hearts … Continue reading

From Love to Hope to Faith

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect longsuffering as an example for those purposing to believe in … Continue reading

Enjoying Light

“I am the Light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” John 8:12 “He who sees me sees the One who sent me. I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me will not remain in darkness.” … Continue reading

Invisible Christmas

Let us be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us. Ephesians 5:1–2 The Christmas holiday season is visible in our culture because there’s money to be made. But the greediness and gaudiness of cultural Christmas hides the glory of God’s … Continue reading

Superlative Thanksgiving

It is good to give you thanks, O Yahweh; to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your extravagant kindness in the morning and your faithfulness by night. … For you, Yahweh, have made me happy by your work. I will sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:1–4 … Continue reading

Grateful Imitation

Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time had come to depart from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. … Jesus knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, and that he had come … Continue reading

Wonderful Thanks

The final two months of the year in our culture seem to bear the general designation “The Holidays.” To be specific, this time of year is defined by Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the past 34 years I’ve been writing poetic prayers as a way of focusing my heart in celebration of these different expressions of … Continue reading

The King’s Strange Journey

Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: he is legitimate and has been saved, humble and riding on a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because his followers thought that the kingdom of God was going … Continue reading

Satisfaction In the New Year

We do not lose heart even though our body is decaying, because you are renewing our inner being day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 3:18–4:18; Deuteronomy 3:24 O let me not be satisfied With what I know you have … Continue reading