STANDING FIRM

"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be...

STRUNG UP

"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you . . . lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the...

EMPTY

Reflections on Psalm 130: Lord, I've bottomed out. I can't go any lower without being in the grave. I'm asking for Your mercy, well aware of all the ways I haven't honored You, or listened to You, or come to You in the past. I know I don't deserve Your mercy; I'm just...

LEAN AND FIT

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Prov. 3:5)   When I was in high school, sometimes a tall boy would stand beside me, lean his arm on my shoulder, and...

THE GIFT OF ENOUGH

Two things I ask of you, Lord; do not refuse me before I die.  Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, "Who is the Lord?" Or I may become poor and...

QUIT QUITTING

It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also.  . ....

ON THE EVIDENCE

As science is able to to peer into more and more of the universe of which we're a tiny part, the thought of a God who loves and relates to human beings on a personal level seems to many like a remote possibility at best. For some, the more we see the depths of space,...

AND YET . . .

Reflections on the words of Psalm 22: My god, my God, why have You forsaken me? Why have You moved so far away from me that You don't hear the anguish that rips me apart? I keep crying out, but have no peace because I'm not in Your presence. And yet . . . You are...

QUESTIONS

What? What would it take to walk those perilous paths over the mountains to reach Jerusalem, knowing the apex of agony awaiting Him there? What would it take to put one resolute foot in front of the other, acutely aware those same feet would be pierced through,...

FIRSTHAND

Reflections on Psalm 116: I love the Lord, because He is God who hears -- and responds. He heard my cries for mercy, and because He heard and answered, I know I can call on Him all my life. Trying to do life my own way put me on the road of no return, hobbled and...