Category Archives: lordship

Going to the Gym: Prayer as Work

“And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.“ Mark 1:35, ESV Why is it that we avoid the very thing that we need so … Continue reading

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Covering Sin, Seeing Through Things

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:7-8, ESV  “The time is … Continue reading

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The Blessings of a Long Struggle

It’s a familiar story. A person has become a Christian in recent years and is engaged in spiritual practices–prayer, Bible study, meditation, church attendance, fellowship, tithing, and/or the sacraments. They’ve listened closely to their priest or pastor and have developed some formulas that are … Continue reading

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Simply Mary, at Jesus’ Feet

We see Mary three times in the gospels, and each time she is in the same posture — “at Jesus’ feet.” When we have our first glimpse within the Bethany home, we find Martha in her characteristic attitude– working and … Continue reading

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Evaluating Jesus Truly

The difference Jesus makes,  from C.S. Lewis What are we to make of Jesus Christ? This question…has, in a sense, a frantically comic side. For the real reason is not what are we to make of Christ, but what is He … Continue reading

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