MONDAY MEDITATION: A Blonde Virgin Mary (January 23)

Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character. — 2 Timothy 3:16 My home church in Poplar Bluff was putting on a Christmas pageant. I was asked to narrate it. As a teenager deeply involved in church, and planning on entering the ministry, I was …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: What We Learn from a Grocery Store (December 26)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against things like this. — Galatians 5:22-23 There’s something eerie in the grocery store I shop at. I’m turning a corner at the end of an aisle, usually looking for something that’s hidden several rows over, …

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “You have heard it said…” (December 5)

“You have heard it said…but I say to you…” — Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 31-32 There were 613 religious laws in Jesus’ day. The legal experts (“lawyers”), rabbis, priests, and groups like the Pharisees and Sadduccees really enjoyed debating them. What constituted work on the sabbath? What made you clean or unclean? Along with such debating …

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A Guided Thanksgiving Meditation

It’s a blessing that this country has ordained a holiday centered on giving thanks. In an era when we are too easily drawn to fear and anxiety, taking stock of what has been given us is soul medicine. Here’s a three-part guide for this holiday. First: Be mindful of the gifts you have. Psalm 95:1-2 …

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