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Why This Matters | Love Letters

For you have been born again…through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23   It’s been banned, outlawed, declared contraband, and burned in heaps. It’s been smuggled in, tossed out, buried in the ground and taken to the moon. For thousands of years, it’s been challenged, maligned, ignored, and despised, but one…
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Why This Matters | Love Letters

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”  John 17:17   Imagine that you could eavesdrop on a prayer that Jesus prayed to His Father. What if that prayer was offered right before Jesus knew He would be arrested, beaten, put through a mock trial, and then crucified like a criminal? Whatever He prayed…
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Why This Matters | Love Letters

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14   The song “From a Distance” by Bette Midler describes God as “watching us from a distance.” Some people picture God as a blurry cloud, somewhere out there, squinting through the universe at this mess He made. Or they imagine a stern taskmaster, frowning…
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Mother’s Day

My life will never get better.  (Ruth 1)   Naomi had reached her breaking point. First, her husband died and then both her sons, leaving behind their destitute young widows. Naomi couldn’t even take care of herself. How in the world was she supposed to care for them too? So she packed up and moved…
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Mother’s Day

What will people think?  (Luke 1:26-38)   If anyone had the right to worry about what people might think, it was Mary. Her teenage dreams, good reputation, and dreamy fiancé faded into the background when the angel showed up and ruined everything. That’s how Mary could have looked at it. In order to say yes…
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Mother’s Day

My worth is connected to how someone else feels about me.  (Genesis 29:31-34)   Leah had always felt invisible. Maybe a bit overweight, squinty eyes, an overbite, awkward. People looked right past her to gawk at her gorgeous little sister, Rachel. Ever since high heels replaced Barbie dolls, Rachel’s social calendar had been full and…
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Mother’s Day

My past disqualifies me.  (Joshua 2:1-21, 6:25; James 2:25)   All she’d known from men was rejection and abuse. As long as she could remember, she’d been selling her soul for a few coins. Life was hard, but her heart was harder, softened only by stories of Israel’s strange God. The idols of Jericho certainly…
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Mother’s Day

I am not enough. (Genesis 3)   Eve laughed aloud because she liked the sound of it when it bounced off the cool blue water and echoed from the distant hills. She smiled at her reflection and marveled again at the goodness of her Creator. How magnificent He was to make her so much like…
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FAR FAR BETTER

Who Said That? | Far Far Better

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27   Pandemonium swept through the village ahead of the flames that consumed everything in their way. Sheep, donkeys, and cattle mingled with panicked people running toward the edge of town. Screams and shouts combined with the brays and bleats of…
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FAR FAR BETTER

Who Said That? | Far Far Better

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me.” John 10:14   A herd of black cows covers a grassy pain like paint spatters on green canvas. Under a shade tree, a dozen identical calves sleep while their mothers graze acres away. In the distance, a cow looks toward the…
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