Posts from July 2017

A New Man

Continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.—Colossians 1:23   As a group of teenagers visited a home for the elderly in Montego Bay, Jamaica, one young woman noticed a lonely looking man at the end of the room. He appeared to have little…

The Light Of The World

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12   (NIV) Both our home and the church where my wife and I serve are located outside the city. This allows me the opportunity to truly appreciate the…

Sweet Company

The Spirit of truth . . . lives with you and will be in you.—John 14:17   The elderly woman in the nursing home didn’t speak to anyone or request anything. It seemed she merely existed, rocking in her creaky old chair. She didn’t have many visitors, so one young nurse would often go into…

Coming Out Gold

Focus Verse of the Week But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold. (Job 23:10  , ESV) Classic Commentary His name means “persecuted,” and he was an Arabian patriarch who resided in the land of Uz. While living in the midst of great prosperity,…

Building Community

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. —Ephesians 3:6   “Community” is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives, says Henri Nouwen. Often we surround ourselves with the…

He’s Been There

Because [Jesus] himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2:18   (NIV) When I was young and did something I shouldn’t have, I knew I was about to get busted when my dad would come into my room, turn my chair around, and sit…

The Importance of Right Motives

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.”—Luke 14:27   Jesus was becoming very popular in His ministry—maybe too much so. People followed Him in great numbers. The crowds swelled on a daily basis. But Jesus looked at these people and, being God, knew their motives. He recognized…

Standing Out: When You Don’t Fit In

We all want to be liked, cherished, and appreciated by our peers. But what if I told you that God could care less about these things? What if I told you that God didn’t care how many Facebook friends you have, or how many people follow you on Twitter? And what if I told you…

Mightier Than All

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength.—Psalm 93:1   Iguazu Falls, on the border of Brazil and Argentina, is a spectacular waterfall system of 275 falls along 2.7 km (1.67 miles) of the Iguazu River. Etched on a wall on the Brazilian side of…

A Deeper Look At Love

When Laura Ingalls was growing up in various places in the American frontier—Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Minnesota and the Dakota Territory—she wanted nothing more than to be outdoors working or playing. She cheerfully helped with harvesting, gardening and caring for the animals. During the Ingalls’ time in western Minnesota, scarlet fever struck most of the family. The…