Posts from March 2018

An Anchor for the Soul

Six hours, one Friday. To the casual observer the six hours are mundane. But to a handful of awestruck witnesses, the most maddening of miracles is occurring. God is on a cross. The Creator of the universe is being executed! It is no normal six hours. . .it is no normal Friday. His own friends…

Basin of Love

After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet.—John 13:5   One day in physics class many years ago, our teacher asked us to tell him—without turning around—what color the back wall of the classroom was. None of us could answer, for we hadn’t noticed. Sometimes we miss or…

The Power of Christ’s Words

Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. —1 Peter 3:18     Christ’ passionate love for the world is evident in His statements from the Cross: Statement One “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they…

Look and Be Quiet

Look around and see. Is any suffering like my suffering . . . ?—Lamentations 1:12   In the song “Look at Him,” Mexican composer Rubén Sotelo describes Jesus at the cross. He invites us to look at Jesus and be quiet, because there is really nothing to say before the type of love Jesus demonstrated…

Who Is This?

Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!—Luke 19:38   Imagine standing shoulder to shoulder with onlookers by a dirt road. The woman behind you is on her tiptoes, trying to see who is coming. In the distance, you glimpse a man riding a donkey. As He approaches, people toss their…

Remember What You’re Worth

Remember what you are worth! The Bible says, “You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of  Christ. . .” (1 Peter 1:18  ). Ever feel like you have nothing? Just look at the gifts he has given you. His Holy Spirit to dwell in you,…

A Tabulated List of Grace

A couple who resorted to do-it-yourself marriage counseling resolved to list each others’ faults and then read them aloud. The wife gave her list and he read: You snore; you eat in bed; the list continued. When the husband gave her his list, she smiled. He’d written his grievances, but next to each he’d written–…

Walking on Water

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”—Matthew 14:27   During an especially cold winter, I ventured out to Lake Michigan, the fifth largest lake in the world, to see it frozen over. Bundled up on the beach where I usually enjoy soaking up the sun, the view was breathtaking.…

Whispering Words

[Build] others up according to their needs.—Ephesians 4:29   The young man fidgeted as he sat down for his flight. His eyes darted back and forth to the aircraft windows. Then he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, trying to calm himself—but it didn’t work. As the plane took off, he slowly rocked back and…

Wonders in Focus

For from him and through him and for him are all things.—Romans 11:36   Some of us are inclined to look at the world and see only what’s wrong. DeWitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer who has used his profession to celebrate what’s right about the world. He waits and watches until a shaft…