Tag Archives: Restoration

Everyone Has a Story

But we had hoped that he was the one… Luke 24:21 Once upon a time, two men had placed all their hopes in a young leader. They just knew he was going to be the answer to all the questions … Continue reading

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No Tender Voice Like Thine

I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me. – Jesus If he’s the Good Shepherd, he knows us completely. I can do nothing to surprise him. When I cry out to my Good Shepherd, … Continue reading

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I Will Change Your Name

I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it. Revelation 2:17 Nearly thirty years ago I was asked to give a devotional to … Continue reading

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Encountering Jesus

“You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas”   – John 1:42 Sometimes you encounter someone in your life that you know you will never forget. A little over a year ago, Lynette and I boarded a … Continue reading

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Restorative Love

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. – Saint Paul Every congregation is a congregation of sinners. As if that weren’t bad enough, they all have sinners for pastors. – Eugene Peterson … Continue reading

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Jesus Sees You

When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” Luke 19:5 In this story, it says that Jesus is looking for Zacchaeus, and … Continue reading

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My Beautiful Mess

The Lord upholds all who are falling, and raises up all who are bowed down. Psalm 145:14 In 1999, I had made such a mess of my marriage I had to resign the church I had led for thirteen years … Continue reading

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Heaven’s Gentle Rain

You don’t have because you don’t ask God. James 4:2 All you need to do in order to start God speaking is fix your attention on Him first thing in the morning. Look up at the ceiling and say: Lord, … Continue reading

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Shameless Hospitality

I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, at least because of his persistence he will get up and give him whatever he needs. Luke 11:8 This story arises … Continue reading

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The Kindness of God

The king said, “Is there anyone remaining of the house of Saul? (2 Samuel 9:3) In virtually every gangster films there are some very predictable tropes. It doesn’t matter which film it is. Films like The Godfather trilogies, Donnie Brasco, … Continue reading

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