“What’s the point?” “Is this worth the effort?” We have all heard such comments and perhaps even asked such questions in certain situations.
When such thoughts reveal a floundering faith in Christ a physician’s care may be required. Just as athletes might need some athletic tape or analgesic spay to press on, Hebrews offers remedies for going the distance in moments of doubt and discouragement. Continue reading “Remedies for going the distance”
“We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 ESV).
Wouldn’t it have been great to receive a letter from the apostle Paul? Continue reading “Being an example”
Unconventional. That’s a nice way of describing my garden.
What I mean is, the vegetables don’t grow in the standard long rows, with bare dirt surrounding them. More often than not, vegetables share space with ornamentals, and the ground that isn’t mulched is usually covered with other plants as a natural ground cover. Continue reading “Cold feet”
“And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3-5 NKJV).
How would you like to spend three days and nights in the cab of a heavy truck on the river bank, waiting for your turn to cross on the ferry? Or to sleep all night sitting in a doorway so as to ensure that you would be able to buy a ticket on the train to go home for the holidays when the counter opened at 9:00 a.m. the next morning?
Such experiences are commonplace in Bangladesh and other densely populated countries of Asia. The vast number of people combined with inadequate infrastructure means that it takes a long time to do almost anything, and waiting one’s turn is simply an inescapable fact of life. Add regular floods that destroy such infrastructure as there is and the problem is magnified even more. Continue reading “Is patience really a virtue?”
The awe of God evokes perseverance. Continue reading Into God’s presence
Many analogies have been used to describe our lives on earth: voyages across often-stormy seas, climbing to the summit of a tall mountain, fighting daily battles. We steer clear of comparisons like “a bed of roses” because we know one thing for sure: Life is sometimes quite difficult. Continue reading Enduring The Blows Of Life
Lance Armstrong can truthfully be described as “a legend in his own time”. He is currently engaged in the Tour de France, a bicycle race that covers a 2,200 mile route throughout France and bordering countries. Continue reading Live Strong