Posts from November 2016

Surprised to Be Chosen

But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. —Luke 1:29   When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would be the mother of the Messiah, she was honestly surprised that God would select someone like her. Though Mary was…

Opening Closed Doors

When God locks a door, it needs to be locked. When he stuck Paul and Silas in prison, God had a plan for the prison jailer. As Paul and Silas sang, God shook the prison, and “at once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” (Acts 16:26   NIV). When the…

Beautiful

She has done a beautiful thing to me.—Mark 14:6   Picture two teenage girls. The first girl is strong and healthy. The other girl has never known the freedom of getting around on her own. From her wheelchair she faces not only the emotional challenges common to life, but also a stream of physical pains…

Game of Thanks

Whatever you do, . . . do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.—Colossians 3:17   Every autumn we throw a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast on campus at Cornerstone University. Our students love it! Last year a group of students played a game at their table.…

In Good Times and in Bad

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. —Romans 8:28   We can give thanks, even when times are hard. It’s one thing to give thanks when things are going well. But we can also give thanks when…

Fame and Humility

He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross! —Philippians 2:8   Many of us are obsessed with fame—either with being famous ourselves or with following every detail of famous people’s lives. International book or film tours. Late-night show appearances. Millions of followers on Twitter. In a recent study in the US,…

Longing for Home

They were longing for a better country—a heavenly one.—Hebrews 11:16   My wife walked into the room and found me poking my head inside the cabinet of our grandfather clock. “What are you doing?” she asked. “This clock smells just like my parents’ house,” I answered sheepishly, closing the door. “I guess you could say…

What About You?

The tongue has the power of life and death.—Proverbs 18:21   Emily listened as a group of friends talked about their Thanksgiving traditions with family. “We go around the room and each one tells what he or she is thankful to God for,” Gary said. Another friend mentioned his family’s Thanksgiving meal and prayertime. He…

Helping Hand

The psalmist wrote, “If I could fly on the wings of dawn, . . . [to] the far side of the ocean — even there your hand would guide me; even there your strong hand would hold me tight!” – Psalm 139:9-10   (CEB) My great-grandniece, María Camila, started walking at the age of ten…

The Devil’s Bag Of Tricks

“And He was in the wilderness  forty days being tempted by Satan.”  Mark 1:13   When I was a kid, there was an old cartoon that I watched called Felix the Cat.  The show was very popular, ranking among the top fifty cartoons ever produced.  The catchy theme song basically told the story, “Whenever he…