“Out of the depths I call you, O Lord!” (Psalm 130:1)
Do you remember when the unfortunate Nebuchadnezzar was struck with madness, becoming like a beast of the field? The king recalls at the end of his ordeal: “At the end of the days I … lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me” (Daniel 4:34). It has been said that of all the creatures on earth, only humans can look up. Even in the depths of despair or sin, we can if we choose, look up to heaven. Continue reading Out of the depths!
As disciples, we can either promote or hinder God’s objectives. No wonder that Paul prayed for the church to possess a profound insight into understanding God and God’s workings with his people (Ephesians 1:17-19). Continue reading Preserving God’s work
God’s plan for mankind is ridiculous to a sinful world (Isaiah 55:8-9; Romans 6:1-6) so we must have an undeniable faith in his truth (Acts 2:47; Ephesians 1:22-23; Hebrews 11:6).
Godliness is our new world and God’s Word teaches us what we need to know (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Doing what is natural to the flesh is guaranteed to violate God’s will (Matthew 5:27-48). Continue reading Denominationalism is the fleshly plan
A popular evangelical writer stated that the goal of Christians ought not to be getting to heaven, but to God. He has a point, if we think of heaven as some magnified, enlarged earth-style existence, minus all the problems and suffering. Continue reading Getting to God
“Good fences make good neighbors.” ~ Robert Frost
I love my neighbors. We have really good ones, even without a fence on all sides. However, if I were to wish for one thing for my backyard full of flowers, it would be to completely enclose it with a fence. Continue reading Not badly shaken
“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV).
The dream of flight has inspired humans throughout recorded history. From the mythical winged horse of the Greeks, to da Vinci’s drawings of flying machines, to the early pioneering efforts of the Wright brothers, both imagination and hard work were invested in that dream. Continue reading Fly like an eagle
Mary, the mother of Jesus, sat outside the tomb on the first day of the week crying.
One of the two angels in white robes sitting there said, “Woman why are you crying?” It is easy to imagine hearing her reply in between sobs of sorrow: “Because they have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have laid him” (John 20:13 NASB). Continue reading Finding Jesus
From the time they had entered Canaan, God had promised Abraham and Sarah that their descendants would be given the land they were now in (see Genesis 12:7). The problem was that both Abraham and Sarah were well on in years and weren’t getting any younger. When Abraham first received this promise he was 75 years old (Genesis 12:4), and Sarah was ten years younger. Continue reading Trying to help God
Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge” (Romans 10:1, 2).
A shepherd once strode into the palace of the most powerful man on earth and made a stunning demand: “Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go.'” Do you remember Pharaoh’s dubious response?
“Who is the LORD that I should obey his voice and let Israel go,” he wondered derisively, “I do not know the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.” Continue reading Zeal and knowledge
My great aunt’s recent passing opens a door of reflection. I’ve reached the age where most of those who came before me are gone. Shadows fall on their empty chairs. It’s the way of time and fragility (Hebrews 9:27).
Continue reading Reflections on aging and family