How to Stand Firm

By | 2018-08-23T09:54:27+00:00 September 10th, 2018|

It was a cold, icy winter’s day, and my mind was focused on getting from my warm vehicle to a warm building. The next thing I knew I was on the ground, my knees turned inward and my lower legs turned outward. Nothing was broken, but I was in pain. The pain would get worse as time went by and it would be weeks before I was whole again...

The Lord Speaks

By | 2018-07-18T15:21:36+00:00 August 15th, 2018|

We can find nearly every argument in the book of Job about why there is pain in the world, but the arguing never seems to help Job much. His is a crisis of relationship more than a crisis of doubt. Can he trust God? Job wants one thing above all else: an appearance by the one Person who can explain his miserable fate. He wants to meet God Himself, face to face...

Hard Mysteries

By | 2018-07-18T14:14:23+00:00 August 5th, 2018|

As my friend and I went for a walk, we talked about our love for the Bible. She surprised me when she said, “Oh, but I don’t like the Old Testament much. All of that hard stuff and vengeance—give me Jesus!” We might resonate with her words when we read a book like Nahum, perhaps recoiling at a statement such as, “The Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath” (Nahum 1:2)...

Everywhere and Nowhere

By | 2018-02-05T16:11:03+00:00 February 10th, 2018|

A family friend who, like us, lost a teenager in a car accident wrote a tribute to her daughter, Lindsay, in the local paper. One of the most powerful images in her essay was this: After mentioning the many pictures and remembrances of Lindsay she had put around their house, she wrote, “She is everywhere, but nowhere...”

It Is Amazing!

By | 2018-02-03T19:25:15+00:00 February 4th, 2018|

In our natural state, we all fall short of it (Romans 3:23). Jesus was the radiance of it (Hebrews 1:3), and those who knew Him saw it (John 1:14). In the Old Testament, it filled the tabernacle (Exodus 40:34–35), and the Israelites were led by it. And we are promised that at the end of time, heaven will shine with it in splendor so great there will be no need for the sun (Revelation 21:23)...

Promises, Promises

By | 2018-01-12T08:45:41+00:00 January 21st, 2018|

My youngest daughter and I have a game we call “Pinchers.” When she goes up the stairs, I’ll chase her and try to give her a little pinch. The rules are that I can only pinch her (gently, of course!) when she’s on the stairs. Once she’s at the top, she’s safe. Sometimes, though, she’s not in the mood to play. And if I follow her up the stairs, she’ll sternly say, “No pinchers!” I’ll respond, “No pinchers. I promise.”

My Help!

By | 2018-01-12T08:37:14+00:00 January 20th, 2018|

For decades the renowned Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has blessed multitudes through their soul-refreshing gospel songs. One example is their recording from Psalm 121 titled “My Help.” Psalm 121 begins with a personal confession of faith in the Lord who brought all things into existence, and He was the source of the psalmist’s help (vv. 1–2). Just what did this mean?