Enjoy the View (by Jeff Olson)

Read: Psalm 148:1–6 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. Psalm 148:3 Sunsets. People tend to stop what they are doing to watch them . . . snap pictures of them . . . enjoy the beautiful view. My wife and I watched the sun setting

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At Home With Jesus (by Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: John 14:1–4 I go and prepare a place for you. John 14:3 “There’s no place like home.” The phrase reflects a deeply rooted yearning within us to have a place to rest, be, and belong. Jesus addressed this desire for rootedness when, after He and His friends had their

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He Understands and Cares (by David McCasland)

Read: Isaiah 53:1–8 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering. Isaiah 53:4 When asked if he thought that ignorance and apathy were problems in modern society, a man joked, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” I suppose many discouraged people feel that way about the world

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The Price of Love (by Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: Isaiah 53:9–12 He poured out his life unto death. Isaiah 53:12 Our daughter burst into tears as we waved goodbye to my parents. After visiting us in England, they were starting their long journey back to their home in the US. “I don’t want them to go,” she said.

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Remember the Cross (by Jennifer Benson Schuldt)

Read: Mark 15:19–20, 33–39 “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39 In the church I attend, a large cross stands at the front of the sanctuary. It represents the original cross where Jesus died—the place where our sin intersected with His holiness. There God allowed His perfect

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Forsaken for Our Sake (by Amy Peterson)

Read: Matthew 26:36–46 God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 Does having a friend nearby make pain more bearable? Researchers at the University of Virginia conducted a fascinating study to answer that question. They wanted to see how the brain reacted to

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Let Down Your Hair (by Julie Ackerman Link)

Read: John 12:1–8 Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. John 12:3 Shortly before Jesus was crucified, a woman named Mary poured a bottle of expensive perfume on His feet. Then, in what

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Why Forgive? (by Amy Boucher Pye)

Read: Luke 23:32–34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34 When a friend betrayed me, I knew I would need to forgive her, but I wasn’t sure that I could. Her words

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Our Best Friend (by James Banks)

Read: Hebrews 10:19–23 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. John 1:12 When I was twelve years old our family moved to a town in the desert. After gym classes in the hot air

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A Journey of Belief (by David McCasland)

Read: John 20:24–31 These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:31 Since its first publication in 1880, Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has never been

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A Shepherd for Life (by Keila Ochoa)

Read: Genesis 48:8–16 God . . . has been my shepherd all my life to this day. Genesis 48:15 When my son changed grades in school he cried, “I want my teacher for life!” We had to help him realize that changing teachers is a part of life. We may

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Godliman Street (by David Roper)

Read: 1 Samuel 9:1–10 “Look, in this town there is a man of God.” 1 Samuel 9:6 My wife, Carolyn, and I were walking in London and came across a road named Godliman Street. We were told that a man once lived there whose life was so saintly that his

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