Posts from June 2017

Five-Finger Prayers

Pray for each other.—James 5:16   Prayer is a conversation with God, not a formula. Yet sometimes we might need to use a “method” to freshen up our prayer time. We can pray the Psalms or other Scriptures (such as The Lord’s Prayer), or use the ACTS method (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication). I recently…

Keep Waiting–God is at Work

I’m convinced the Sabbath was created for frantic souls like me, people who need a weekly reminder that the world will not stop if I do. In one of the most dramatic examples of waiting in the Bible, Daniel prays for people who’d been oppressed for seventy years. He abstained from food and drink for…

Soaking Up God’s Word

These commandments that I give to you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children.—Deuteronomy 6:6-7   When our son Xavier was a toddler, we took a family trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. As we entered the building, I pointed to a large sculpture suspended from the ceiling. “Look. A…

Silence

How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?—Habakkuk 1:2   Skittish chickens scattered as relief trucks clattered past the weathered huts of the village. Barefoot children stared. Traffic on this rain-ravaged “road” was rare. Suddenly, a walled mansion loomed into view of the convoy. It was the mayor’s house—although he…

Nothing Quite Like It

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” —Matthew 18:20   I think Christians have the best songs of any religion on earth. The Christian faith is a singing faith, which is not necessarily true of other religions. They may chant, and they may…

Sharing A Cup Of Comfort

Our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.—2 Corinthians 1:7   A friend mailed me some of her homemade pottery. Upon opening the box, I discovered the precious items had been damaged during their journey. One of the cups…

Why Christians Need Each Other

That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. —1 John 1:3   Have you ever been having a conversation with someone when you overheard your name being mentioned across the…

Perspectives

In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Matthew 7:2   (NIV) The way we see God affects the way we see ourselves. If we imagine God to be a demanding boss, we expect to be rewarded or punished…

Enjoy God’s Presence

You will never go where God is not! Envision the next few hours of your life. Where will you find yourself? In a school? God indwells the classroom. On the highways? His presence lingers among the traffic. In the hospital, the boardroom, the living room, the funeral home? God will be there. Acts 17:27  …

Ready or Not?

He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! —Revelation 22:20   Half of all Americans today claim to be born again. Even more claim to believe in God. If you want to apply a real litmus test to your relationship with God, or lack thereof,…