devotion

My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NRSV). On my way home Friday evening, I rounded the corner to the block that flanked my home. I was surprised to find six fire engines, lights flashing,  cordoned off with a yellow strip, “Police line. Do not cross.” “What’s going on?” I […]

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Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died – more than that, who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.  (Romans 8: 33, 34, NIV) […]

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December 22, 2013

Side By Side

Sometimes you tell the story. Sometimes the story tells you. This week my tale began: “The warm air in the lobby of the bank wrapped its arms around me as I stepped inside the door. The line that snaked around the velvet ropes promised I’d be here for a while, so I undid the buttons […]

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Are you grappling with a situation that’s completely unfair? God knows all about it. In fact, He’s made provision for you for such a time as this. In a stable, Mary held close in her arms a baby boy who would grow up to become the primary Advocate for God’s chosen, His elect. You and […]

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This week’s 45th Parallel inspiration is brought to you by my friend Tony Otten, of Erlanger, Kentucky. Tony says: “I thought you might like this photo I took in my backyard. You can see the ivy wrapping around the pink coneflowers here. I took the picture on a whim, but it struck me afterwards that the […]

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“What’s a worship ebb?” I scratched my head and asked. I opened an email that said The Warrior Class, a group of prayer warriors for Graham Cooke’s ministry with whom I have the privilege of serving, is taking a worship ebb. The idea is that in the ebb and flow of battle, you can’t always […]

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Driving past this new house in Happy Valley, Oregon a couple of times a week, I’ve enjoyed seeing it constructed plank by plank. First the foundation was laid. Then along came floors and walls. It’s been fun to watch the progress—especially the day the builders banged the roof tiles in place. The ladder they climbed […]

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                  Recently Tim and I spotted this bamboo growing near the Willamette River in Portland. Bamboo starts as an underground plant that grows for three to five years before it emerges from the soil. Once it breaks through, it’s the fastest-growing woody plant on the earth!  Bamboo […]

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Last week, Tim and I were uplifted and refreshed by a Graham Cooke conference in Anaheim, Mind of a Saint. Graham is a popular speaker around the world with a passion to empower the people of God to walk in their true identity. He is a powerful, revelatory communicator with a radiant idea of Jesus, himself and […]

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He decreed statutes . . . which He commanded our ancestors to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. (Psalm  78:5, 6, NIV) In the hospital room, my newborn grandson, Logan, wraps teensy-weensy fingers around my pinky […]

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