Acting as God Does

Acting as God Does

Read: Matthew 5:7; 25:37-40 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. (5:7) A friend of mine goes to an area campground during the summer. There he met a couple whom we will call Joe and Mary. Mary has been a foster mom for a long time. One little boy they had fostered was […]

Side by Side

Side by Side

In ancient times, a city with broken walls revealed a defeated people, exposed to danger and shame. That is why the Jews rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. How? By working side by side, an expression that can well describe Nehemiah 3. At first glance, chapter 3 might appear to be a boring account of who […]

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The Great Race

“Run in such a way as to get the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:24 The month of June brings many sure signs of summer: the sweet smell of cut grass, soft breezes, picnics, fireflies, thunderstorms—and runners. This unique breed of humanity, forced to run circles in cramped indoor quarters during the North American winter, emerges with the […]

Advice from My Father

Advice from My Father

After being laid off from an editorial job, I prayed, asking for God to help me find a new one. But when weeks went by and nothing came of my attempts at networking and filling out applications, I began to pout. “Don’t You know how important it is that I have a job?” I asked […]

The Perfect Father

The Perfect Father

Standing in the crowded store aisle, I struggled to find the perfect Father’s Day card. Although we had reconciled after years of a strained connection, I had never felt close to my dad. The woman next to me groaned and shoved the card she’d been reading back into the display. “Why can’t they make cards […]

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When Failure is a Gift

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. Genesis 50:20 Sometimes when we fail—we don’t realize that our failures are opportunities for God to show Himself strong in our lives. We want the mountain top success stories to bring God glory. Yet, it’s in our failures that the Spirit […]

Conquering the Green-eyed Monster

Conquering the Green-eyed Monster

Read: Proverbs 14:26-30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. (v. 30) In Dante’s Inferno, the eyelids of the envious are sewn shut. No more gazing at good fortunes of others. Envy caused the first murder. If only envy had ended with Cain. The wise teacher of Ecclesiastes […]

Called by Name

Called by Name

Advertisers have concluded that the most attention-grabbing word that viewers react to is their own name. Thus a television channel in the UK has introduced personalized advertisements with their online streaming services. We might enjoy hearing our name on television, but it doesn’t mean much without the intimacy that comes when someone who loves us […]

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What to do when you Feel Alone

I will never leave you nor forsake you Hebrews 13:5 Feeling alone? It’s possible to be alone, but not be lonely. However, many of us struggle with being alone. We feel segmented and distant from our communities of couples and families. Being alone isn’t just about the lack of engagement and connection with others—it’s about […]

Keeping Your Heart

Keeping Your Heart

Read: Proverbs 4:18-27 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (v. 23) I served as a campus pastor to three college students whom we’ll call Molly, Jon, and Andy. Molly worked at a nursing home, but resigned after a rule forbidding staff from hugging residents went into effect. […]

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