Posts from October 2016

Hearing God

Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”—1 Samuel 3:10   I felt like I was underwater, sounds muffled and muted by a cold and allergies. For weeks I struggled to hear clearly. My condition made me realize how much I take my hearing for granted. Young Samuel in the temple must have wondered what…

The Praying Patient

Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.—John 17:11   The obituary for Alan Nanninga, a man in my city, identified him as “foremost, a dedicated witness for Christ.” After a description of his family life and career,…

Learning to Count

How precious to me are your thoughts, God!—Psalm 139:17   My son is learning to count from one to ten. He counts everything from toys to trees. He counts things I tend to overlook, like the wildflowers on his way to school or the toes on my feet. My son is also teaching me to…

A Second Chance

Out in a fishing boat, empty and exhausted, Peter discovered the wonder of God’s second chance. The crowd on the beach was so great that Jesus needed a buffer. So he preached from Peter’s boat. Then he told Peter to take him fishing. The apostle-to-be was tired; he had fished all night. He’d caught nothing.…

Unmistaken Identity

The Lord says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” – Isaiah 43:1   (NRSV) One Sunday the cashier at a local store was smiling at me broadly as she totaled my bill. As she handed me my receipt, she said, “Have a great day,…

Mending Hearts

You are the light of the world.—Matthew 5:14   Not long ago I went to a seamstress to have some clothing altered. As I entered her shop I was encouraged by what I saw on the walls. One sign read, “We can mend your clothes but only God can mend your heart.” Near it was…

The Guide

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. -Isaiah 58:11  , NLT Though the Bible never uses the word guidance, it does speak of a Guide. We may seek guidance, but God provides something better—himself.…

Choosing to Change

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.—Ezekiel 18:31   When my son acquired a small robot, he had fun programming it to perform simple tasks. He could make it move forward, stop, and then retrace its steps. He could even get it to beep…

What God Will Do

Maybe God and prayer are all you have. You face discouragement, deception, defeat, destruction, death. They roar into your world like a Hells Angels motorcycle gang. Their goal is to chase you back into the wilderness of sin. Don’t give an inch. You are a member of God’s family. You come to God not as…