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A tree lives …

“If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit.” Matthew 12:33 The tree won. I wanted to chop down the only citrus tree in my yard. Some people called me a “tree murderer” when I stopped irrigating it. When … Continue reading

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Don’t give up …

“Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:18-19 Before Glen and I were married, he told me he … Continue reading

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Mixed Emotions

Matthew 17:1, 4-6, 9 Six days later, three of them saw that glory. Jesus took Peter and the brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. His appearance changed from the inside out, right before their eyes. Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light. Then they realized that Moses and Elijah were also there in deep conversation with him. Peter broke in, “Master, this is a great moment! What would you think if I built three memorials here on the mountain—one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah?” While he was going on like this, babbling, a light-radiant cloud enveloped them, and sounding from deep in the cloud a voice: “This is my Son, marked by my love, focus of my delight. Listen to him.” When the disciples heard it, they fell flat on their faces, scared to death. But Jesus came over and touched them. “Don’t be afraid.” When they opened their eyes and looked around all they saw was Jesus, only Jesus. Coming down the mountain, Jesus swore them to secrecy. “Don’t breathe a word of what you’ve seen. After the Son of Man is raised from the dead, you are free to talk.” Continue reading

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Monday Meditation Moment–It’s all about Peace

“When Jesus arrived in the villages of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘What are people saying about who the Son of Man is?’ ” Matthew 16:13 (The Message Bible) Today President Obama placed his hand on the same Bible … Continue reading

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Weep for a Lost Future — Daily Meditation Moment

“A sound was heard in Ramah, weeping and much lament. Rachel weeping for her children…” Matthew 2:18 (The Message Bible) The Bible sometimes makes for a lousy read…especially the story of Herod and his mean spirit. He’d been tricked by … Continue reading

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Thankful Friday — Daily Meditation Moment

“What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.” Matthew 6:31 (The Message Bible) It’s Thanksgiving morning, and The Phoenix Republic newspaper weighs … Continue reading

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Salt in Your Diet — Daily Meditation Moment

Jesus said, “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end … Continue reading

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Guess Who Was Invited to Dinner — Daily Meditation Moment

“What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Matthew 9:11 (The Message Bible) Jesus invited himself to the home of Matthew, a tax collector, for his evening meal. Other “crooks and riffraff” showed … Continue reading

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Wednesday “Humpday” Spirit Boost

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” Matthew 11:28 (The Message Bible) Today I’m preparing for a retreat I’m presenting to the annual Illinois United of … Continue reading

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How is your day going? Wednesday Humpday Boost

Wishing Away Today Don’t worry about tomorrow. It will take care of itself. You have enough to worry about today. Matthew 6:34 Some days are harder than others are and I’d like to wish them away. . . . Tomorrow, … Continue reading

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