Posts from August 2017

A Prayer For Peace

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:14   (NIV) Frustrating days and sleepless nights prompted me to share my troubling situation with my friend Jerry when we met for our weekly prayer time. I asked Jerry for advice. He cautiously offered me some suggestions, but they brought no…

Overflowing Fruit

I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.—John 15:16   During the spring and summer, I admire the fruit growing in our neighbor’s yard. Their cultivated vines climb a shared fence to produce large bunches of grapes. Branches dotted with purple plums and plump oranges dangle…

By Still Waters

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.” – John 10:14   (NRSV) Once when I was out walking after a heavy thunderstorm, I saw some sheep desperate to get away from flood waters and onto higher ground. But they were obstructed by deep water in front…

Embrace Your Weakness

Have you ever felt like a failure? Inadequate? Ineffectual? Have you ever examined your heart and glimpsed sin and darkness and defeat? I have. It is discouraging and demoralizing. It makes me wonder what God sees in me. There is no doubt that I am a flawed vessel. But does that mean that I am…

Deepen Your Prayer Life

Do you want to know how to deepen your prayer life? The Bible instructs in Romans 12:12   to steadfastly maintain the habit of prayer. Though there are many bad habits, there are also many good ones. At the risk of sounding like a preacher—which is what I am—may I make a suggestion? Don’t prepare…

Ripe For Harvest

Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.—John 4:35   In late summer, we went for a walk in the New Forest in England and had fun picking the blackberries that grew in the wild while watching the horses frolicking nearby. As I enjoyed the bounty of the sweet fruit…

His Hands Open For You

Faith is trusting what the eye cannot see!  Eyes see storms. Faith sees Noah’s rainbow. Your eyes see your faults. Your faith sees your Savior. Your eyes see your guilt. Your faith sees His cleansing blood. Your eyes look in the mirror and see a sinner, a failure.  But by faith you look in the…

The Message Proclaimed

And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” —Romans 10:14  –15 From the original Greek, we could translate the final question in…

No Limits

Whoever is not against us is for us. – Mark 9:40   (NIV) A fellow musician and I had just started a contemporary worship service with only two instruments: drums and an acoustic guitar. We did the best we could, but the service struggled with limited instrumentation. In the days that followed, a teenage member…

From Fear to Faith

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer.—Habakkuk 3:19   The doctor’s words landed in her heart with a thud. It was cancer. Her world stopped as she thought of her husband and children. They had prayed diligently, hoping for a different outcome. What would they do?…