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Today’s Truth

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart. (Hebrews 10:19-20, 22a NIV).

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As Easter Sunday nears, we believers often take time to reflect on the biblical account of the Resurrection weekend. Scripture tells us of many miraculous happenings: many of the dead in Christ rose from their graves and walked about Jerusalem, the huge boulder at the mouth of the Savior’s tomb was rolled aside, Christ’s body vanished right from beneath His burial clothes, and angels appeared (Matthew 27:52-53).


Meanwhile, back at the temple, the thick curtain, which separated the Holy Place where the Levitical priests served daily, from the Most Holy Place, where only the High Priest could enter once a year, was TORN IN TWO!


Maybe I was an unusual child, but as I listened to my Sunday school teacher

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Today’s Truth

The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper He took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. (I Corinthians 11:23b-25 NIV)

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I haven’t been inside my church since March 2020. COVID-19. Enough said.


My heart (which resides inside my extroverted body) aches deeply. I’ve missed corporate worship; I’ve missed the energy of the assembled body of Christ responding to the spirit-led teaching of my pastor; I’ve missed the before and after church conversations in the lobby—but what I’ve been especially missing was taking Communion!


Many months into our “church at home” routine I finally confessed to my husband my longing to take part in the sacrament of Holy Communion again. He replied quite matter-of-factly, “So then let’s take communion after church service tomorrow.” Sunday morning, I walked into the kitchen to find my precious hubby filling small glasses with a bit

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Today’s Truth

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” (Acts 1:8a NIV)

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Many years ago, I had boarded a plane headed for home. It had been a long week and I was worn out. Even so, as made my way down the aisle to find my seat, I prayed for the Lord to give me the energy I needed should He have a divine appointment for me in the form of my seatmate.


I settled into my seat and situated my things to prepare for the flight ahead of me. As passengers patiently waited for the plane to begin taxiing for takeoff, my seatmate—a woman about my age—turned to me and began asking the typical “getting to know you” questions: Are you traveling for business or pleasure? Where do you live?

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Today’s Truth

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT)

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The HGTV network has captivated many of us women by virtually touring us through a house that is in desperate need of repair and remodeling. And then—within the span of a one-hour program—we are left slack-jawed, marveling at beautifully re-configured and professionally decorated, “new” home!


Have you ever lived through a remodeling job on your own home? Let’s just say, one hour doesn’t get you too far along in terms of progress. Restoration is a multilayered process that, depending on the extent of the renovation, can take months, or even a year or more.


The same is true when it comes to the restoration of the Holy Spirit’s temple: the rebuilding and remodeling of our physical bodies. Here, too, there

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Today’s Truth

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4, ESV).

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Some women enjoy the experience of being pregnant—the “glow,” the added attention, the belly pats, the pampering from others, and the unexpected kicks from the inside out. Me, not so much.


Don’t get me wrong, I did marvel at how the Lord was growing another human being inside of my body and I was truly grateful for the gift of motherhood. It’s just that my frame is quite petite. The expansion of my belly during my two pregnancies quickly overwhelmed all 5’2” of me! As my stomach grew, so did my ankles and my feet. Breathing became difficult as the months passed and my diaphragm became increasingly pressed up against my lungs. By the time the ninth month of

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Today’s Truth

“But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving” (2 Corinthians 8:7, NIV).

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I grew up in a family whose finances were, let’s say, “slim.” On occasion, our church congregation would unexpectedly leave a box of much needed groceries at our front door or step in and pay our mortgage in times when we fell behind.


When I was four years old, my father was involved in a near-death auto accident which totaled our family’s only vehicle. I remember the day when Mr. Mitchell, one of the beloved elders of our church, came by to visit after my dad had healed. He handed my father the keys to one of his own cars. My father was extremely reluctant to accept such a generous gift. Sensing this, Mr. Mitchell said, “Joe, do you

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Today’s Truth

Taste and see that the Lord is good. (Psalm 34:8b, NIV)

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I don’t know a single adult who will look back on the year 2020 and not shudder!


Living through this past spring and summer has felt like I’m running a marathon that I did not sign up for. It was filled with obstacle courses of people and places to avoid, lonely trails due to isolation, and uncomfortable running gear consisting of a face mask and the occasional surgical gloves! And the race isn’t over yet.


I know you’re feeling me; ‘cuz you’re living it, too.


Each week I intentionally spend time talking on the phone with loved who are also struggling during this season of doom and gloom. Given the present climate, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and hopelessness can slowly seep into

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Today’s Truth

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10a, NIV

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Be still.


Huh…Do I have to?


Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word “still.” For a super productive ‘doer’ like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just plain goes against my grain!


Even when the word is used to describe the prolonged state of something (for example, “I still struggle with perfectionism”, or “He still hasn’t cleaned up this mess”, or “I am still waiting”) it continues to express a lack of progress, of forward motion, of gaining of new ground. None of these conditions put me at ease.


Yet in Today’s Truth, when the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s written as a directive to you and me,

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Today’s Truth

“My sheep hear my voice… and they follow [obey] me.”

(John 10:27, NIV)

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Our fathers of the faith—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph—all knew about sheep. As shepherds, they knew how directionless sheep can be, how prone they are to wandering, to getting themselves stuck between a rock and a craggy place…to getting lost. Sheep need to be herded, directed, and led in order to live safe and to live well.


The same is true for you and me. I guess that’s why the Lord Jesus, when thinking of an analogy which would best describe us—from among all the animals He created—landed on sheep!


Like myself, most Believers I know want to be led by the Lord—to be in His will. The “big” question which looms large and loud in our minds is: “What is

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Today’s Truth

Teach us to number our days aright, so that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:12, NIV, 1984).

(Psalm 90:12, NIV, 1984)

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Last month I lost a dear, older friend to the COVID-19 virus. Albert’s days upon this earth ended unexpectedly at 84 years. All those whose lives had been enriched by this unassuming, yet remarkably influential man, were grieved.


When I first met Albert, I was a young married woman in my early 30’s, with two young children in tow. I was hungry for a father figure/mentor in Christ and a spiritual grandfather for my children. I found all this and more in Albert. A highly productive, yet not busy man, Albert served as an Elder in our church and a staunch advocate for Jesus everywhere he went—in the local church, at the parachurch organizations in which he served, and

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Today’s Truth

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”

(James 1:2-4, NIV)

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The day was March 20, 2020. My daughter had been in college for eight long years, the last four having been spent in medical school. She had worked diligently, studied with tenacity, and scored well on her medical board exams. After having settled on a specialty, Emergency Medicine, she interviewed at a dozen excellent teaching hospitals. Finally, the day we were all waiting for—Match Day—was approaching. This was the day she would find out where she would match for her residency program.


A Match Day ceremony had been planned for her medical school. One hundred-seventy 4th year medical students, their relatives, friends, and significant others were to be gathered in a large auditorium for the BIG reveal—where exactly each

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Today’s Truth

“For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.”

(Hebrews 10:14, NIV)

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Growing up, my family was, shall we say, “fiscally challenged.” Nearly all our clothes were purchased from the local thrift stores—with two exceptions: our Easter and Christmas Day outfits. As a child I remember being so excited when those two shopping days would come. My mother, aunt, brothers and I would walk from our house to the town bus stop, deposit a few small coins into the meter when the bus arrived, and off we would ride up to the shopping center!


One Easter outfit I chose stands out above them all: a crisp white, linen-type pantsuit. I had very dark hair (styled at the time with Farrah Fawcett “wings”) and my 13-year-old-self thought I looked AMAZING in it,

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“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

(Ephesians 6:13, NIV)

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On Long Island, where I lived for most my life, I enjoyed my garden’s flowers from early February, when the snow drops raised their sleepy heads up out of the soil, through the early part of November when the last of my ivy geranium blooms would cling with tenacity to their lanky stems.


My love affair with plant material began when I was in my early 20’s. I would follow my green thumbed mother-in-law around her gardens asking questions, questions, and more questions. One of the most important tips I learned from her “schooling” had to do with the staking of plants. She taught me to be proactive with plants which had a tendency to bend to the ground

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Today’s Truth

In the day of my trouble I call upon YOU, for you answer me. (Psalm 86:7, ESV)

(Psalm 86:7, ESV)

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This past August my girlfriend dropped her freshman daughter off at college—a full 9-hour drive away—and returned home with all the jumbled emotions typical of a mother: excitement, longing…and trepidation.


Then the phone calls began.


“Mommy, I am lonely.” “I am eating all by myself in the dining hall.” “My classes are so far away—uphill, both ways!” “My shower drain is clogged.” “My roommate decided to move out…”


With each call home, my girlfriend’s heart twisted more and more. She tried to remain upbeat and encouraging when on the phone with her girl, but when the call ended, both her daughter and my friend were in tears, 9 hours apart.


I happen to live nearby this college and offered to meet up

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Today’s Truth

“But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume. As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.”

(2 Corinthians 2:14-15, TLB)

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My family and I spent nearly a decade of summer vacations camping with a group of four other families in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Although we enjoyed many other vacations as a family to National Parks and far away cities, if you asked my (now adult) children, they’d say camping was their favorite vacation destination.


One of the things which made our camping trips so memorable was our nighttime, community campfire huddles, complete with marshmallow roasting, storytelling, and a whole lot of laughter. I LOVE a good campfire! The cracking, popping logs, the warmth, the visual dance of the flames, and, of course, the SMELL!


If you’ve ever had a front row seat at a campfire, you’re probably already tracking

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Today’s Truth

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10a, NIV)

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Be still.


Huh…Do I have to?


Honestly, I am not particularly fond of the word “still.” For a super productive ‘doer’ like myself, the word conjures up images of idleness, passiveness, and inactivity. It just plain goes against my grain!


Even when the word is used to describe the prolonged state of something (for example, “I still struggle with perfectionism”, or “He still hasn’t cleaned up this mess”, or “I am still waiting”) it continues to express a lack of progress, of forward motion, of gaining of new ground. None of these conditions put me at ease.


Yet in Today’s Truth, when the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God,” it’s written as a directive to you and me,

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8