Best Supporting Role – Luke 1 Continued

December 22, 2023

During the month I’ve spent a great deal of time considering the vital role of Zachariah and Mary to the birth narrative of Jesus. Their historic position in the story is a foundational building block to the efficacy of our redemption position.  And now, as we move toward Luke 2, I am focused on omission, […]

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The Tale of Two Questions – Luke 1 Continued…

December 15, 2023

And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” (Luke 1:18) And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” (Luke 1:34, ESV) In the months that preceded the birth of Jesus, the angel […]

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Maternity Coverage on Medicare – Luke 1 Continued…

December 8, 2023

Shortly after Luke commits to writing an accurate and orderly account of the life of Jesus, he introduces us to Zachariah, and then to his wife Elizabeth. The carefully chosen words of description about this couple would be a sacred endorsement to anyone. “And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the […]

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More Than An Onramp

December 1, 2023

It seemed providential. Right as we enter the 2023 Advent season, I’m landing in the book of Luke in my regular Bible readings. On closer inspection, page 857 in my ESV Bible shows as much wear as any page in my Bible. That’s Luke 2. A chapter that carries the heading… The Birth of Jesus […]

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Seeds and a Scoop

November 17, 2023

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” (Matthew 6:26, ESV) Retirement from full-time employment has afforded me the opportunity to engage in a few routine activities around the house. This includes the care and feeding of our winged neighbors […]

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November 12, 2023

Over the six years of Juni’s life (our 10th grandchild), we’ve received many tender and wonderful pictures of her. But the image I received this week moved me in a very different way. Perhaps, if you’re like me, you’re struggling a bit to decode the letter that Juni hand scribed. Let me help… Dear Veteran […]

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The Reflection Continues… Two Things

November 3, 2023

A week ago I wrote about a visit I had with my brother Sam who lives outside of Baltimore. The aging battle has been cruel to Sam’s mind, but at the same time, liberating to his heart and soul. After I hit send last week on my Fragment, my mind and soul have remained in […]

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The Shout of Joy

October 27, 2023

It had been over two years since I had seen my brother, Sam, and his wife Mary Gayle face to face. We had stopped by their lovely home in Laurel, Maryland in September of 2021 and spent an overnight with them. During that time together, while enjoying long and lingering conversations, Sam let us know […]

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Into the Deep

October 13, 2023

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4) A night of frustration, followed by advice from an outsider. Simon. A professional fisherman. A tradesman who knew his trade. A provider who knew what was at stake. Simon’s response […]

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Fill in the Blank

October 6, 2023

Yesterday I was playing a little basketball with a couple of my grandkids. Yes, a favorite for me! Because the game occurred spontaneously, I was not wearing the appropriate footwear. My sandals provided little protection when a renegade foot slammed on top of it. I winced. Danced, and limped away. Today, I got my toes […]

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