AN ILLUMINATING QUESTION

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent by God whose name was John. . . . He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world....

RAISE THE PRAISE!

(Check Out 2 Chronicles 20) It came out the blue and struck like a thunderbolt. There they were, Judah and King Jehoshaphat, minding their own business, when the news came that a vast army was marching against them. Not only was this an unprovoked attack, but it was...

A MOUTHFUL OF SAND

The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.  . . . they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do...

A SHORT STORY

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there  by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig...

REMEMBRANCE

Read Malachi 3:1 - 4:2 A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. . . . "On the day when I act," says the Lord Almighty, "they will be my treasured possession." . . . ". . .for you who revere my name,...

ACCESSIBILITY

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. (Ps 145:18)   "All our lines are currently busy," says the detached voice. " Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line, and one of our representatives will be with you as soon...

CLOSE

Reflections on Psalm 84: How amazingly, surpassingly, incredibly lovely! How beautiful, peaceful and reassuring it is to be here with close to You, Lord. I can't describe it; I can only revel in it. I want always to live with You, in You and through You -- just as...

THE PAIN GAIN

But God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble...

ODDS AND ENDS

Read 1 Chronicles, chapters 14 - 16 Then Asa called on the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. (14:11) “For...

TWO FATHERS

I've been reflecting about my two fathers -- my human father and my heavenly Father. There are parallels between them, but some important differences. As a young child, I knew my dad was bigger, stronger and smarter than I was. By the time I was a teenager, Dad had...