We read about the mother in Matthew 15: A Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” (Matthew 15:22) This woman was of Canaanite, not Jewish, descent. Even though she was from outside the family of […]

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Some of you may remember “Carnac the Magnificent,” a comedy routine Johnny Carson used to do on late-night television. Ed McMahon would read an answer—a word or phrase—from the back of a sealed envelope.  “Carnac” (Johnny) would hold the envelope against his forehead, pretend to meditate for a moment, and then supposedly discern the question […]

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Our consumerism is rooted in a lack of faith. We are worried about what others think because we are not convinced that God delights in us (Psalm 149:4).  We are anxious because we do not believe God will meet our needs (Matthew 6:32).  We vie for attention because we do not think God rewards what […]

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Jesus is God, but he became a servant. He is the righteous judge, but gave himself up to the verdict of wicked men. This is the humility of our Lord: He had nothing to gain; yet he gave up all he had. Everyone esteems the virtue of humility, but to step into the reality of […]

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The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord, and all your saints shall bless you! They shall speak of the glory of your […]

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That Gospel message of forgiveness and peace keeps on touching deeper and deeper places in our lives and hearts. The Gospel of Jesus Christ spreads to cover and cleanse all our sins. His mercy pours into our brokenness and makes us new, whole again! God’s grace floods the valleys of our sadness. His peace flows […]

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Yesterday’s story continues…. Jesus’ journey to the cross proceeded just as inconspicuously as Joshua Bell’s subway concert. Our Lord did not step from heaven into a lavish palace here on earth. No royal fanfare and flourishes announced his arrival. Jesus did not enter our universe by way of an important city like Rome or even […]

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Luke 2:16-18; 4:14-15 16 So they ran into town, and eventually they found Mary and Joseph and the baby lying in the feeding trough. After they saw the baby, 17 they spread the story of what they had experienced and what had been said to them about this child. 18 Everyone who heard their story couldn’t stop thinking […]

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Repentance is taking responsibility for our sin.  In Psalm 51, David locates the problem: “I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me” (51:3).  He does not blame or justify or look for a way out.  He goes on: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive […]

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God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to you, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; make our mouths speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ […]

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