Posts from September 2017

The Daily Prayer

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.—Ephesians 6:18   Singer/songwriter Robert Hamlet wrote “Lady Who Prays for Me” as a tribute to his mother who made a point of praying for her boys each morning before they went to the bus stop. After a young mom heard Hamlet…

Let’s Finish the Race

Two are better than one . . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.—Ecclesiastes 4:9  –10 In the 2016 Rio Olympics, two athletes in the 5,000-meter race caught the world’s attention. About 3,200 meters into the race, New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino collided and fell.…

The Best Portion of All

I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.—Philippians 4:12   “His piece is bigger than mine!” When I was a boy my brothers and I would sometimes bicker about the size of the piece of homemade pie mom served us. One day Dad observed our antics with a lifted eyebrow,…

Handwritten Encouragement

Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11   (NIV) One day I received a letter from someone who was unknown to me. As I read through it, I found it was regarding an article I wrote that was published in a…

A Powerful Testimony to a Watching World

“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.” —Acts 16:25   I think the worst thing that ever happened in history, the greatest travesty, the greatest injustice, was when Jesus Christ Himself was crucified. What could have been worse than that? What could…

Alive Again

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33   (NIV) My life was in shambles. Working three jobs, I still couldn’t support my family. I felt like a failure. At home, my sons had drifted into destructive pursuits. My wife and I barely…

Stay Awhile

All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.—Hebrews 11:13   During a discussion of The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, a teenager said he prefers…

Taking the First Step

God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.—2 Corinthians 5:19   Tham Dashu sensed something was missing in his life. So he started going to church—the same church his daughter attended. But they never went together. In earlier…

Seeing God

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”—John 14:8   Author and pastor Erwin Lutzer recounts a story about television show host Art Linkletter and a little boy who was drawing a picture of God. Amused, Linkletter said, “You can’t do that because nobody knows what God looks like.”…

True Servants

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” —1 Corinthians 6:19   Every now and then I’ll see one of those bumper stickers that says, God is my copilot. It sounds nice, but…