Monday Meditations

Monday meditations are brief, practical reflections on a scripture. They’re meant to help you start your week on a thoughtful, positive note.

MONDAY MEDITATION: “We’ve Never Seen Anything Like This!” (September 19)

Jesus raised him up, and right away he picked up his mat and walked out in front of everybody. They were all amazed and praised God, saying, “We’ve never seen anything like this!”– Mark 2:12 When Jesus healed a paralyzed man, whose friends had lowered through a roof to him, the crowd’s reaction wasn’t just…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Jesus’ Grammatical Mistake (June 27)

Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. – Matthew 6:11-12 Jesus could have followed “bread” with a totally new sentence beginning with “Forgive.” That would have been grammatically correct, because every grammar teacher knows you don’t begin a sentence with a conjunction. But Jesus…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: From Stranger to Guest to Host (April 11)

While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. They were prevented from recognizing him. – Luke 24:15 The story of the encounter with Jesus on the Emmaus Road describes clearly the excitement that lies at the heart of discipleship. We start by welcoming the stranger. Two grieving disciples encounter…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Proving the New Testament (February 14)

But Jesus turned and spoke sternly to them. – Luke 9:55 A key to believing in Jesus is trusting the writers of the New Testament. Of the many books and debates over its authenticity, there’s one simple fact that points to its truthfulness: The disciples are portrayed as thick-headed, ambitious, prejudiced, quick-tempered, selfish, and cowardly.…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “Where Did That Come From?” (January 24)

The Lord disciplines whomever he loves, and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. – Hebrews 12:6 Throughout my years in ministry, there would be people who seemed to stand out because of their character, conviction, compassion, and courage—the 4 “c’s”. And occasionally one of these saints would say something, or forward something on…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: “Why Do You Bother With Us?” (December 13)

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,    your handmade sky-jewelry,Moon and stars mounted in their settings.    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,Why do you bother with us?    Why take a second look our way? – Psalm 8:3-4 (The Message) Why “take a second look our way,” indeed? We humans have a default setting of…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: If the Bible Was Only One Verse (October 25)

He responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27 As I’ve lived with the Bible for decades, one fundamental truth has made itself clear: How we interpret the Bible reflects who we are at the time we’re interpreting it. For example, as a teenage Christian I…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: GODISNOWHERE (October 18)

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 What do you see in the title of this meditation? Admittedly, what I see is: God Is Nowhere Maybe that’s because I see too many news feeds. Right now people are tagging different crises as Armageddons. Climate-ageddon. Violence-ageddon. Economic-ageddon. Racism-ageddon.…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: The Misguided Hummingbird (April 12)

The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some have wandered away from the faith and have impaled themselves with a lot of pain because they made money their goal. – 1 Timothy 6:10 That phrase, “love of money,” in the original Greek, carries with it the sense of the passionate, emotional attachment you have with a lover. It’s all-consuming. It drives you.…

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MONDAY MEDITATION: Was Jesus Handsome? (January 11)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Have no regard for his appearance or stature…God[ doesn’t look at things like humans do. Humans see only what is visible to the eyes, but the Lord sees into the heart.”…[David] was reddish brown, had beautiful eyes, and was good-looking. The Lord said, “That’s the one. Go anoint him.” – 1 Samuel 16:7,12 Well, that’s…

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