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Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. - Psalm 51:2 (NIV) I went to Houston after Hurricane Harvey as part of a disaster-relief team. We were working to clean out a house damaged by … more
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I … more
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. … more
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord rescues them from them all. - Psalm 34:19 (NRSV) During my senior year of college, all was well in my world. I planned to go to seminary and … more
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. - Matthew 7:7 (NIV) Growing up in the London suburbs, I remember mischievous children knocking at … more
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back . . . and turned it into dry land. . . . and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground. - … more
If we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. - Romans 8:25 (NRSV) As a teenager, I would wake my sister every Sunday morning and ask, “Do you want to go to church with me?” … more
Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) W hile preparing to plant cassava, I had to clear tall grass from the plot of land. I decided to burn the partially … more
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. - 1 John 2:6 (NIV) While hiking a mountain trail on my way to explore an abandoned gold mine, I thought of the elderly man who had shown me the … more
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. - Psalm 16:7 (NIV) In the past, sleep sometimes eluded me. Though I would try to relax, I would “replay” … more
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. - Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) For a long time I believed that there was only one clear path for my life and that if I missed … more
The Lord said to Moses, “There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the ark of the covenant law, I will meet with you and give you all my commands for the Israelites.” - … more
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. - Psalm 103:1-2 (KJV) Today’s quoted verses were my childhood … more
As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. - Micah 7:7 (NIV) One of my favorite scripture passages is Habakkuk’s prayer. The passage became personal … more
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. - Isaiah 40:31 (NIV) When I was younger … more
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. - Galatians 5:1 (NIV) Every time I opened the junk drawer in my … more
Jesus said, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:20 (NRSV) I was driving our church shuttle bus, taking some of our members on a trip to Houston. When we travel, … more
May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth. - Psalm 134:3 (NIV) A recent retreat I attended included a Sunday worship service that took place shortly after sunrise. I … more
Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God, and we know that he has chosen you. - 1 Thessalonians 1:4 (CEB) I still remember to this day the feeling of standing in grade-school gym class, waiting to … more
The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. - 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) Almost 900 miles from home on a motorcycle trip, we … more
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