Transformation

Coal Into Diamonds

In the last half of John’s Gospel, Jesus spends a lot of time in the upper-room, talking to His disciples, preparing them for what is to come: His death and His Resurrection. He wants them to understand that no matter what happens, He will not abandon them. “I will come to you,” He tells them. …

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A Change Of Heart

Many years ago, an American traveler secured a few grains of wheat from an Egyptian tomb. Those grains of wheat had been slumbering in that tomb for more than thirty centuries. As he looked at them, the traveler thought to himself that if three thousand years ago just one of those grains had been planted …

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Whose Side Are We On?

A young man finished college with a degree in psychology. Shortly after his graduation, the new psychologist was asked to deliver a speech to a group of senior citizens. For forty-five minutes he lectured the old folks on the subject of “How To Live The Twilight Years Gracefully.” When the speech was over, an eighty-year-old …

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Are We Tootling Our Horns?

Hilda, a woman who had lived all of her life in the hill country, made her first trip to a big city at age seventy. When she arrived and got her first look at the skyscrapers, she couldn’t believe her eyes. It was like a dream — a wondrous, magical fairyland. Her friend Anna met …

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Mourning Becomes Dancing

Anyone who believes these words seriously is well on the way toward possessing the key to the solution of the problem of life itself. We hunger and thirst for some word of our own worthwhileness. We hunger and thirst for deeper insights into who we are, what we are doing here, where we are heading, …

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A Great Day

Today is a great day for the People of God, and a very bad day for the Forces of Evil. Some of you may have read C. S. Lewis’ book, “Screwtape Letters.” It is the story of a senior devil who writes to his nephew, a junior devil who has been sent to earth to …

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He’s Done It Again

A man was returning home in his pickup truck after attending a religious revival meeting. He was still pondering the sermon on Jesus’ miracle of changing water into wine at the marriage feast in Cana when the local sheriff ordered him to “pull over.” Acting on a tip that an illegal still was being operated …

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A Mountaintop Experience

A youngster was reciting a Christmas play monologue in which he had to quote several verses from the Gospel story of Jesus’ birth. To jog his memory, he had pinned several notes in various places on his clothing. For a while, his memory served him well as he repeated the words spoken to Mary by …

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The Rock That Moved

Do you remember the Gospel episode in which Jesus asks the disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” and “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt.16:13,15). It is then that Simon Peter has one of his finest hours, and one of his worst. At this point in the Gospel no …

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A Matter Of Death And Life

A freelance writer in New York City was talking about his childhood. Before his tenth birthday the family had moved five times, each time to a new community. His most vivid memory of each move was seeing his mother cry, always in the new house. He remembered his mother’s “broken-hearted weeping” (as he put it) …

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Doing The Nitty-Gritty

Today’s Gospel account of the miraculous changing of water into wine comes early in Luke’s Gospel as a dramatic depiction of things to come. As the life of Christ is further revealed, we discover how He transforms sickness into health, despair into hope, and death into life. We discover how He transforms weak men and …

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