I treasure your promise in my heart

“Jerusalem! Jerusalem! Murderer of prophets! Killer of the ones who brought you God’s news! How often I’ve ached to embrace your children, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you wouldn’t let me. And now you’re so desolate, nothing but a ghost town. What is there left to say? Only this: I’m out of here soon. The next time you see me you’ll say, ‘Oh, God has blessed him! He’s come, bringing God’s rule!’”

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “The Passion” by Hillsong.

Readings for today…Psalms 119:1-24, 12, 13, 14, Deuteronomy 1:1-18, Romans 9:1-18, Matthew 23:27-39

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Artwork by Jacob Lawrence.

early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you

None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “So Much Grace” by Jonathan David Helser.

Readings for today…Psalms 5, 6, 10, 11, Numbers 35:1-3, 9-15, 30-34, Romans 8:31-39, Matthew 23:13-26

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Artwork by Jen Buckley.

Happy are they all who take refuge in him!

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Special guest today! My Father-in-law Keith Curlee!

Readings for today…Psalms Psalms 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, Numbers 32:1-6, 16-27, Romans 8:26-30, Matthew 23:1-12

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Artwork by William H. Johnson.

Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

Saturday’s readings and prayer are on your own! Have a great weekend!

Psalms 137, 144, 104, Numbers 24:12-25, Romans 8:18-25, Matthew 22:23-40

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Artwork by Aaron Douglas

I cry to the Lord with my voice

This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance!

Our 🎶🎶 for today is “As the Deer” by Marty Nystrom.

Readings for today…Psalms 140, 142, 141, 143, Numbers 24:1-13, Romans 8:12-17 and Matthew 22:15-22

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Artwork by Colin McCahon.

But I still my soul and make it quiet

With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.

Our 🎶🎶 for today is an original song of mine called “I Need You Lord” and “O Lord You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green.

Readings for today…Psalms 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, Numbers 23:11-26, Romans 8:1-11 and Matthew 22:1-14

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Artwork by Aaron Douglas.