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May 25 Devotional

You are so young, so before all beginning, and I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient with all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the poi...

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May 24 Devotional

It seems like we are people always in search of answers, which, in and of itself, is not an entirely bad thing. But I think the problem with always being in search of answers is that sometimes it makes us miss a really good question. An easy answer stops the conversation, whereas a question keeps us in it longer. A good question can keep us seeking - in a great way - for a...

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May 23 Devotional

Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community. A lot of people are always concerned about:” How can I help people? Or help the youth come to Christ? Or preach well?” But these are basically non-issues. If you are burning with the love of Jesus, don’t worry: everyone will know. They will say,” I...

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May 22 Devotional

The fundamental building blocks of the kingdom are relationships. Not programs, systems, or productivity. But inconvenient, time-consuming, intrusive relationships. The kingdom is built on personal involvements that disrupt schedules and drain energy. When I enter into redemptive relationships with others, I lose much of my “capacity to produce desired results with a min...

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May 21 Devotional

More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, and be known as someone who wants to live with them. It is a privilege to have the time and the freedom to practice this simple ministry of presence. Still, it is not as simple as it seems. My own desire to be useful, to do something significant,...

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May 20 Devotional

Transformation and intimacy both cry out for ministry. We are led through the furnace of God’s purity not just for our own sake but also for the sake of others. We are drawn up into the bosom of God’s love not merely to experience acceptance but also so we can give His love to others....

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May 19 Devotional

The more I think about the meaning of living and acting in the name of Jesus, the more I realize that what I have to offer others is not my intelligence, skill, power, influence, or connections, but my own human brokenness through which the love of God can manifest itself. The celebrant in Leonard Bernstein’s Mass says: “Glass shines brighter when it’s broken...I nev...

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May 18 Devotional

God wants not only to be God for us, but also to be God with us. That happens in Jesus, the Emmanuel who walks with us, talks with us, and dies with us. In sending Jesus to us, God wants to convince us of the unshakable fidelity of the divine love. Still there is more. When Jesus leaves he says to us, “I will not leave you alone, but will send you the Holy Spirit.” The...

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May 17 Devotional

The main place you do the work of God is as you go along. It doesn’t have to be in high-profile, important positions. It will happen, if it happens at all, in the routine, unspectacular corners of your life. As you go along. ("Love Beyond Reason" by John Ortberg)...

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May 14 Devotional

When we come to this particular place in scripture it is easy to allow the conversion of Paul to consume all of our energy and attention, and rightly so because it was truly a world changing encounter. But I think we miss something significant if we don’t give some thought and attention to the life and role of Ananias as well. Because I have a suspicion that very few of ...

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