Posts from January 2017

Who’s On First?

“And He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’  But he said, ‘Permit me first to go and bury my father.’  But He said to him, ‘Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.’” Luke 9:59-60   Years ago, I was in the dentist’s office…

But God Can

When you feel helpless, where can you turn? I suggest you turn to one of Jesus’ most intriguing teachings about prayer! Luke tells the story of a persistent neighbor looking to borrow bread at midnight. Imagine it’s you ringing the doorbell.  The door opens. “What are you doing here?” he asks. You answer, “A friend…

All Too Human

The trouble is with me, for I am all too human.—Romans 7:14   NLT British writer Evelyn Waugh wielded his words in a way that accentuated his character flaws. Eventually the novelist converted to Christianity, yet he still struggled. One day a woman asked him, “Mr. Waugh, how can you behave as you do and…

Thunder and Lightning

The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.—Psalm 29:7   Many years ago a friend and I were fishing a series of beaver ponds when it started to rain. We took cover under a nearby grove of quaking aspen, but the rain continued to fall. So we decided to call it a day…

Lack Nothing

God is able to bless you abundantly, so that . . . you will abound in every good work.—2 Corinthians 9:8   Imagine going on a trip without luggage. No basic necessities. No change of clothing. No money or credit cards. Sounds both unwise and terrifying, doesn’t it? But that’s exactly what Jesus told His…

Breath of Life

Then the Lord God . . . breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.—Genesis 2:7   On a cold and frosty morning, as my daughter and I walked to school, we enjoyed seeing our breath turn to vapor. We giggled at the various steamy clouds we could each produce. I received the moment as…

Be Still

Jesus taught us to pray with reverence when he modeled for us, “Hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9  ). His phrase is a petition, not a proclamation. A request, not an announcement. Be hallowed, Lord. Do whatever it takes to be holy in my life. Exalt yourself. Glorify yourself. You be Lord, and I will…

Long Shadows

The Lord is good and his love . . . continues through all generations.—Psalm 100:5   Several years ago, my wife and I stayed in a rustic bed-and-breakfast in the remote Yorkshire Dales of England. We were there with four other couples, all British, whom we had never met before. Sitting in the living room…

Power of Silence

There was a great wind . . . but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. – 1…

Work Together

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.—Romans 8:28   My wife makes an amazing pot roast dinner. She takes raw meat, along with raw sliced white and sweet potatoes, celery, mushrooms, carrots, and onions and throws them into…