Posts from January 2016

When Questions Remain

He knows the way that I take. —Job 23:10   On October 31, 2014, an experimental spacecraft broke apart during a test flight and crashed into the Mojave Desert. The copilot died while the pilot miraculously survived. Investigators soon determined what had happened, but not why. The title of a newspaper article about the crash…

Only One You

Have you ever complained about where you are in life right now? I hate my neighborhood. My neighbors are so weird. . . . I can’t stand where I work. There are certain people I work with who really irritate me. . . . I don’t like this about my life. . . . Did…

The Little Things

Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. – Galatians 6:10   (NRSV) We were leisurely playing a game when the phone rang and one of my daughters ran to answer it. We have taught her to answer the phone with…

Careless Words

The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. —James 3:5   My daughter has had a lot of ill health recently, and her husband has been wonderfully caring and supportive. “You have a real treasure there!” I said. “You didn’t think that when I first knew him,” she said…

A Prisoner No More

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. —Romans 7:15   A middle-aged man approached me after I led a workshop at his place of employment and asked this question: “I’ve been a Christian nearly my whole life, but I’m…

Not So Common

The next time your life feels ordinary, take your cue from Christ!  Jesus’ obedience began in a small town carpentry shop. His uncommon approach to his common life groomed him for his uncommon call. In order for Jesus to change the world, he had to say good-bye to his world. 1 Peter 1:20   says,…

How to Grow Strong in Your Faith

In Romans 4  , Paul tells us Abraham “grew strong in his faith” and urges us to walk in Abraham’s footsteps. To believe like he believed. How do we do this? In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring…

Welcome Home!

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him. —Luke 15:20   When we were going through a particularly challenging time with our son, a friend pulled me aside after a church meeting. “I want you to know that I pray for you and your…

Real People, Real God

Join together in following my example. —Philippians 3:17   Several years ago I received a letter from an Our Daily Bread reader after I had written about a family tragedy. “When you told about your tragedy,” this person wrote, “I realized that the writers were real people with real problems.” How true that is! I…

Minister of Reconciliation

While we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son. —Romans 5:10   As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached on a Sunday morning in 1957, he fought the temptation to retaliate against a society steeped in racism. “How do you go about loving your enemies?” he asked the…