Posts from July 2016

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Wrong People

Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. —James 1:14   Where is the best place to be when we’re tempted? It isn’t in church, although that is a good place to be. The best place to be is in the will of God. The Bible tells us that Jesus…

Standing Stronger

The psalmist wrote, “ You, who have shown me many troubles and calamities, will revive me once more. From the depths of the earth, you will raise me up one more time.” – Psalm 71:20   (CEB) Glancing out the window that overlooks my garden, I was mesmerized by the steady stream of rain pouring…

Love Your Neighbor

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” —Galatians 5:14   An anthropologist was winding up several months of research in a small village, the story is told. While waiting for a ride to the airport for his return flight home, he decided to pass the time…

Revival in Our Time?

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. —Psalm 84:11   I can remember situations in my life where things were looking rather bleak. But then I called on the name of the Lord, and He…

Divine Potter

The Lord said to Jeremiah, “Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” – Jeremiah 18:6   (NRSV) In the Creation account found in Genesis, chapter 2, God creates humanity from the clay of the earth and breathes into humankind the breath of life. God is the creator and…

It’s A Beautiful Day

“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14   MSG Do you remember Mister Rogers?  His children’s television program ran on PBS for over 30 years.  His signature song reminded his viewers that ‘it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”   And indeed it was.  Fred Rogers and his guests were…

Human Race

[Jesus] said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” —Mark 6:31   The alarm clock goes off. Too early, it seems. But you have a long day ahead. You have work to do, appointments to keep, people to care for, or all this and more. Well, you…

Tactical Distractions

The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” —Jonah 4:4   It became painfully clear the first time my wife and I collaborated on a writing project that procrastination was going to be a major obstacle. Her role was to edit my work and keep me on schedule; my role seemed to…

Starting Over

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” – Matthew 4:19   (NIV) Anytime we start over again, whether it’s a new career or a new way of life, we need to invest a great deal of time and attention if our new path is to be successful.…

Our Inheritance

Scripture says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17  ). If we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, why do we struggle through life? Our inheritance is perfect peace, yet we…