THE GROWING SEASON

Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.  (Hosea 10:12)   It never gets old -- that surge of joy I get when I see...

FULLY RESTORED

. . . on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. . . . As sure as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.  (Hosea 6:2-3) For if we have been united with him in a...

FULLY PRESSED

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane . . . he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.  . . . he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My Father, if it is...

FULLY HUMAN: THE EXTRAVAGANT EXCHANGE

Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death -- that is, the devil . . .  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that...

PALM BRANCHING

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna!" "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the king of Israel!"   (John...

FULLY COME

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  (Gal. 4:4-5)   The time had fully come. The stage was set. The conditions were optimal for...

GOD THINGS

When  he heard this, Jesus said, "This illness will not result in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."   . . . So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may...

LOOSE CONNECTIONS

"I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. . . . Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself;...

TELL THESE STONES

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love. With him I am well pleased." Then Jesus...

CROSS TRAINING

Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed -- that exhilarating finish in and with God -- he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now...