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Maybe You, Too? — John 9:1–41

“IF YOU WERE BLIND, then you would not be guilty; but since you claim that you can see, this means that you are still guilty” (John 9:41, TEV). C.K. Barrett writes: “Many have their own inade­quate lights . . . which they are too proud to relin­quish for the true light which now shines. The …

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What Has He to Do with Me? — Luke 8:26–39

IMMEDIATELY BEFORE THE ENCOUNTER OF JESUS with the Gerasene demoniac there appears the story of the stilling of the storm, in which “the wind and the raging waves” (Luke 8:24) are symbols of the fearful demonic powers of the deep that threaten to engulf us all. The story of the tormented demoniac follows as a …

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The Gifts of the Giver — John 8:1–11

FAITH, ITSELF A GIFT OF GOD, is the willingness to receive the gifts of God without insisting upon either our worthiness or our unworthiness. If we consider ourselves worthy (which we are not), we refuse the Giver by implying that the gift is something which ought to be given. In that case, the gift is …

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The Elder’s Song — Psalm 71

WITH SUFFERING COMES WISDOM? With the advance of age, the increase of learning? Perhaps, but not without years of unbridled struggle with the tangle of contradictions that daily surrounds us. An enemy approaches? Indeed, a “wicked” enemy is near at hand (captor, oppressor, anxiety, disease) whose firm grip latches on with “the grasp of the …

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Self-Denial? — Romans 15:1–13

“FOR THE WHOLE LAW is fulfilled in one word, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself”’ (Gal. 5:14). “We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Rom. 15:1). Self-abasement? Self-denial? Are they dirty words? Self-assertion, self-fulfillment, doing one’s own thing, the me-generation—are these not the …

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