Posts from April 2016

Lasting Value

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” —John 6:27   In John 6  , we see a huge crowd following Jesus in Capernaum. Jesus had performed His…

An Amazing Love

“I have loved you,” says the Lord. —Malachi 1:2   The final major historic acts of the Old Testament are described in Ezra and Nehemiah as God allowed the people of Israel to return from exile and resettle in Jerusalem. The City of David was repopulated with Hebrew families, a new temple was built, and…

Daily Bread

Give me only my daily bread. – Proverbs 30:8   (NIV) One day as a friend and I were leaving work, he commented, “I sure got my daily bread today.” He explained that he had arrived at work feeling worried and insecure about personal issues. He had prayed for something to happen to help him…

The Future is Now

Something is awry—we feel disconnected. What we hope will bring life brings only limited amounts. We connect with a career and find meaning in family, yet long for something more. First a job, then a promotion. A wedding day, then a nursery…kids…grandkids. Around and around—is there anything else? Jesus steps forth with a reconnection invitation…

Meant to Be Understood

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. —Romans 15:4   I enjoy visiting museums such as the National Gallery in London and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. While most of the art is breathtaking, some of it confuses me. I look at seemingly random splashes of color on canvas…

Rejoicing

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them.” – Mark 10:14   (NIV) The first time I heard of Jane was when her six-year-old daughter Nancy asked me to pray for her mother. Nancy had been coming to my Sunday school class. When I asked Nancy why she had…

We Make the Choice

Spend a lifetime telling God to be quiet, and he will do just that. In hell, God honors our request for silence. Hell is not a correctional facility or reform school. Its members hear no candid sermons. They do not hear the Spirit of God, or the voice of God, or the voice of God’s…

Finding the Way

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” —John 14:6   During World War II, an American pilot who was shot down over the jungles of Burma was able to safely eject from his plane. As he landed in the deep,…

The Trust Factor

Nehemiah prayed, “Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name.” – Nehemiah 1:11   (NIV) For years my commute to work took me under and over several interstate highway bridges. Sometimes, looking up at a bridge I…

God’s Enduring Word

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. —Matthew 24:35   At the beginning of World War II, aerial bombings flattened much of Warsaw, Poland. Cement blocks, ruptured plumbing, and shards of glass lay strewn across the great city. In the downtown area, however, most of one damaged building still…