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He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.” vss. 2-3 Isaiah 42:1-9 As the prophet laid out his vision for Israel, he uses the term “Servant” in describing the nation’s work. The new Israel will not use military might to force its will upon the world, but will instead faithfully,…

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Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” Mark 1:14-15 When it comes down to it, the message Jesus had for the Galileans wasn’t much different from that proclaimed by John. “Repent and believe the good news!” It really is pretty basic, and it’s essentially the same message that confronts us when…

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Luke 1:46b-55 “He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.” vss. 52-53 Mary’s song, the Magnificat, has long been a favorite for Christians, particularly at this time of year. When the vocalist is skilled, the tune lifts our hearts, and we’re entranced by its beauty. What we miss though is that the song is about revolution, the total transformation of…

Daily Devotions: January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020                                                                    For full passage click:  Matthew 4:18-23  …  “And he said to them, ’Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” vss. 19-20 Matthew’s brief account of the call of Jesus’ first four disciples implies that Simon and Andrew didn’t know Jesus when they made the decision to follow him. In reality, that was likely not the case. In fact the Gospel of John tells us that the…

Daily Devotions: April 30, 2019

April 30, 2019 For full passage click: Acts 9:4-6 …“He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.’” vs. 5 Luke tells us that, as Saul was traveling along the road to Damascus, there had been a flash of light and then the words, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” It was quite an introduction! Saul hadn’t known Jesus of Nazareth. There’s no record he ever met him or heard him preach.…

Daily Devotions: April 21, 2019

April 21, 2019 For full passage click: Luke 24:1-12 …“But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” vs. 12 The disciples initially dismissed the women’s story of their visit to the tomb of Jesus, as a fanciful tale. But Peter had second thoughts and decided to check out what they had said. He was amazed to find the tomb…

Daily Devotions: March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019 Philippians 3:20-4:1    “But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” vs. 20 When Paul wrote to the Philippians he could scarcely contain his excitement as he talked about their future in Christ. He knew there was more to come and that we are moving toward transformation beyond our imagination. It’s not that he believed that life on this earth is just a training camp…

Daily Devotions: March 1, 2019

March 1, 2019 For full passage click: 2 Corinthians 3:1-2 …“Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart.” vs. 1 We live in a time when many are lamenting the decline of the Christian church. All across the land congregations are losing members and closing, seminaries are declining in enrollment, and the percentage of people calling themselves religious is becoming smaller every year. In some places, there is almost…

Daily Devotions: May 15, 2018

May 15, 2018 Acts 2:14-21…“In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” vs. 17 The disciples were living in heady times, changes were multiplying and tensions increasing. There were rumors of rebellion and insurrection. The Roman armies were flexing their muscle. And they were convinced that the…