Life Giving Water (John 4:10-15)

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John 4:10-15

There are many thirsts in life: thirsts for power, thirsts for relationship, thirsts for more material goods. Jesus conversation with the woman at the well started with a basic thirst – a thirst for a drink of water.
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The Speed of Life (Psalm 46:10)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Psalm 46:10

Jesus walked. The creator of you and I and the universe, the one who spoke into being the speed of light and sustains all of creation “walked”. And like you and me he walked at the speed of about 3 miles per hour. Continue reading

She Came Alone (John 4:1-9)

She Came Alone

There she came. A woman. A Samaritan. She was alone. In first century Palestine, any non-aristocratic woman would have had to travel daily to retrieve water. Nearly all women traveled in groups. To travel alone was dangerous. There were thieves and other ill-intentioned people, not to mention wild animals. Yet, she came alone. (John 4:1-9) Continue reading

The Hound of Heaven (Psalm 139)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain.

Psalm 139

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped…

And so begins “The Hound of Heaven” by Francis Thompson, which has been called “the greatest ode in the English language.” The Hound in the poem is the Lord who continually seeks the writer even though the writer keeps running from Him. Continue reading

Behold the Lamb of God (John 1:29-34)

Behold the Lamb of God

John 1:29-34

It is one of the most powerful declarations in all of Scripture: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29).” This was the declaration of John the Baptist when he saw Jesus coming toward him.

In a culture where what has been called “resume virtues” directs the lives of many, we need more than ever to heed the Baptist’s words. Continue reading

When Trials Come (Exodus 14:10-31)

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Exodus 14:10-31

When troubles and hardships come, our first reaction is often to panic. As the late Irish biblical scholar Alec Motyer said, “hardships breed a swarm of ‘Why.’” Why me? Why us? Why her? Why them? Why this way? Why this job? Why this relationship? Why does it hurt so much? Continue reading

The Lamb of God (Exodus 12:3-7, 12-13)

Jesus in the Exodus Journey

Exodus 12:3-7, 12-13

Many of us are familiar with the Passover story. Pharaoh of Egypt forced Israel into cruel slavery. The Lord God sent Moses to rescue his people. After nine plagues, Pharaoh still refused to let them go. Finally, the Lord God deals a final blow. The plague of affliction passes through Egypt, killing every firstborn, forcing Pharaoh to let Israel go (Exodus 12:29).

We often fail to notice that the Egyptian households were not the only ones with someone dead during the Passover. Someone died in the Israelite households too. Continue reading

A Mysterious Sign from God (Luke 2:1-7)

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Luke 2:1-7

A Jewish girl was taken and made the Queen of the King of Persia. It was a less than ideal situation. This King was violent and moody, a volatile combination. Continue reading

Into the Wilderness of Advent (Revelation 11:15)

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Submitted by Andy McIlvain. 

Revelation 11:15

The wilderness implies many things: a vast untamed and dangerous place, red of tooth and claw, where death and injury lurk. We travel into the wildernesses of the world with great preparation and forethought. Continue reading

The Birth of a Savior (Exodus 2:1-10)

Jesus in the Exodus Journey

Exodus 2:1-10

The season of Advent reminds us that we continue to long for the second coming of our Savior, when all things will be restored to God’s intended glory. As we wait for his second coming, seeing how the Old Testament stories pointed to his first coming can fill our hearts anew with hope. Continue reading