Posts from August 2016

Four Ways God Leads His People

I see at least four methods that God uses to leads us in his will. I put them in four “D’s” to help me remember them. 1) Decree: God sovereignly decrees and designs circumstances so that we end up where he wants us to be even if we don’t have any conscious part in getting…

The Ultimate Road Trip

In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. —Isaiah 40:3   Madagascar’s National Road 5 offers the beauty of a white sand coastline, palm forests, and the Indian Ocean. Its 125 miles of two-track road, bare rock, sand, and mud, however, have given it…

Naming God

I have now seen the One who sees me. —Genesis 16:13   In his book The God I Don’t Understand, Christopher Wright observes that an unlikely person is one of the first to give God a name. It’s Hagar! Hagar’s story provides a disturbingly honest look at human history. It’s been years since God told…

Are There Stairs in Heaven?

“And this is the plan: At the right time He will bring everything together under the authority of Christ– everything in heaven and on earth.” —Ephesians 1:10   I was carrying my five-year-old granddaughter Lucy some time ago. We were upstairs in our house, and I tucked her under my arm, walking in an exaggerated…

Unexpected Majesty

At 7:51 AM, January 12, 2007, a young musician took his position against a wall in a Washington DC metro station. He opened a violin case, removed his instrument, and began to play. For forty-three minutes he performed six classical pieces. During that time 1,097 people passed by. In his open case, they tossed a…

Watch and Pray

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. —Mark 14:38   From my window I can see a 1,700-meter hill called the Cerro del Borrego or “Hill of the Sheep.” In 1862, the French army invaded Mexico. While the enemy camped in the central park of Orizaba, the Mexican army established its…

Engage With the Bible

Desire some growth? Engage with the Bible. Meditate on it. Think and rethink about God’s Word. Let it be your guide. Make it the ultimate authority in your life! The key to spiritual growth is not increased church attendance or involvement in spiritual activities. People don’t grow in Christ because they’re busy at church. They…

Giants In The Land

We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it. —Numbers 13:30   After being encamped near Mt. Sinai for two years, the people of Israel were on the verge of entering Canaan—the land God had promised them. God told them to send twelve spies to assess the land…

ME-ology Or Theology?

We have all heard the term theology.  Theology is the study of God (from the Greek theos meaning God, and logos meaning word or reasoning).  Proper understanding of God comes from His Word.  He reveals Himself to us in His Word. Now me-ology is a different kind of animal (and a made up word).  I…

Darkness And Light

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. – John 1:5   (NIV) My mother was a teenager in Norway during World War II. She has told me what it was like to grow up in a country under siege. Among other things, she has mentioned how totally dark it…