Four People You Shouldn’t Praise and One You Should

Isaiah was no doomsayer. But if you only read certain parts of his book, the future looked bleak for the Israelites. Because Israel embraced idolatry, exploited the poor, and practiced systemic injustice, God’s judgment — invasion, destruction, and captivity in a foreign land — followed. However, the southern kingdom’s final chapter wasn’t written yet. Isaiah... Continue Reading →

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Seeing the Kingdom

In reply, Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, No one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again." — John 3:3  Seeing the kingdom of God is more than glimpsing it from a distance. It's more than liking someone’s photos from a packaged tour posted on social media. Seeing is entering.... Continue Reading →

What’s In a Name?

The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. — Proverbs 18:10 A name can draw instant recognition — for good or ill. My first name and family name are quite common. Combining the two narrows the search range on Facebook but you will still find a... Continue Reading →

For God so Loved the World…

  Indeed, God loves the earth, but John 3:16 means more than the land and sea. He loves people! He loves not only the prosperous but those living in bamboo huts and scavenged-scraps of wood. He loves those sleeping on frayed mats and crumbling streets. He loves not only the accessible but those in the... Continue Reading →

Family Secrets

Several years ago, I traced my family history and found a surprising tidbit about a distant relative. In 1887, the police discovered a woman hundreds of miles from home, claiming to have been abducted while searching for the whereabouts of a promised inheritance. The kidnapping was never proven, nor the fortune found. Officials thought she... Continue Reading →

Shocks, Yes; Fear, No!

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, — Psalm 46:1,2 As much as we like to think we are in control of our lives, events happen that betray that confidence. Typhoons and... Continue Reading →

…And He Helps Me

  The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7 My heart made whooshing sounds when I was a child. I never heard it, but the doctor could with a stethoscope. I frequently had to take a timeout when playing with my neighborhood buddies. I... Continue Reading →

Guilt’s Benefit

Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. — Psalm 32:1,2 (NIV) Have you felt like banging your head against a wall because of something you’ve done? It nags you and... Continue Reading →

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