Michael A. Macdonald (North Carolina)
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Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, . . . fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
If I could omit one part of the New Testament, it would be the story in Matthew 2:16-18. I wonder why Matthew included it when Mark, Luke, and John were able to tell the good news without including this horrific account. Perhaps Matthew did not want us to confuse sentimentality...
Rather than ignoring the sorrows of the world, I can look to Christ for hope.
The people of Syria
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I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”