Humans were created to seek their worth in God. When man cut himself off from God, he began to seek his worth in other things. No longer did he have God’s measure for himself and his existence. He lacked any objective, spiritual ruler for himself.
The prophet Jeremiah speaks of man’s casting about for worth as glorying. To glory in something is man’s attempt to raise himself up and value himself. Having rejected God’s measure, he winds up comparing himself to others. The weeping prophet must have cried when he wrote: Continue reading “Our glory, to know God”
Job expressed the desire to have never been born, so great was his suffering. In his moral confusion, Solomon considered better than both the living and the dead “the one who has not been born and has not seen the evil things that are done on earth” Ecclesiastes 4.3.
The Lord Jesus used this idea, of better to have never been born, for the one who betrayed him. Continue reading “Better to have never been born”
Uprooted. Alone. Out of your element. That’s the feeling you have when you lose a loved one, especially a parent.
We all crave connection, whether it is with family, friends, or even coworkers and neighbors with whom we only nod and smile when we pass by. When an important connection is severed, the feelings of loss can be overwhelming. Continue reading “Uprooted”
Some scriptures tend to be more popular than others. Often these verses are memorized and are characterized by offering us hope and relief. Among these popular texts, Paul’s letter from prison to the Philippians contains a number of texts that stand tall offering comfort and inspiration.
“In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of contentment, whether I go satisfied or hungry, have plenty or nothing. I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12,13).
Paul’s secret can be ours. A deep satisfying contentment can be ours. Real freedom from crushing situational distress exists. They need not rule our lives nor how we evaluate our lives. However, all of this comes at a price. Continue reading “Whether through difficulty or ease”
It was India, 2003. I was walking down a crowded street when a young boy of about 15, a leper, held out his hand, begging. I snagged a rupee from my pocket and handed it to him. In the process of the exchange, our fingers touched. Eye contact was immediate, and I am sure he saw shock in my eyes, as I saw uncertainty in his.
Suddenly, the absurdity of the situation caused me to smile at him and he shyly smiled back before we were separated by the crowd, disappearing from each other’s lives forever. Continue reading “He touched me”
What happens when someone hears how God sent his Son to die for us that we might be saved and then that person chooses to respond to this good news by relying upon Christ? The short answer is God forgives that individual and incorporates him or her into his people, the body of Christ. Does anything else happen? Yes!
Continue reading “Unexpected transformation”
History reveals a winnowing of human lives. Throughout history a story continues to unfold about how God has been at work in our world. Some lives are caught up into participating in the greatest, most significant and enduring story of all time. Join the story.
Continue reading “Join the story”
The editor shares sundry thoughts and meditations, both personal and biblical. Continue reading Born for the jump to eternity
Stephen Covey attempted to show the difference between “effectiveness” and “efficiency”. Suppose you’re driving down the highway and you realize that you’re making excellent time, getting better gas mileage from your vehicle than ever before. You are being very efficient. But suppose you are headed in the wrong direction. Continue reading Your Purpose In Life