THE HEALING

“. . . My Father is always at his work . . .” (John 5:17) Allan, the pastor leading our mission trip to Cuba, had just spoken to a large congregation in downtown Santiago that evening, his sermon translated line-by-line by his local friend, Rigo. After the service,...

SIGNS OF SPRING

The view from my window is beautiful: a pristine white landscape, softly-coated branches, snow falling gently in fat fluffy flakes. The only hitch is that I'm ready for a whole other kind of beauty – the green landscape kind, the branches-festooned-with-blossoms kind....

THE EXCHANGE

On Friday, March 23, an ISIS supporter launched a terrorist attack in the French town of Thebes. After highjacking a car and killing a passenger, he went to a supermarket. There he killed a staff member and a customer and wounded a dozen others, before taking a female...

AN UNEXPECTED ANSWER

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000006980 StartFragment:0000000534 EndFragment:0000006963 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your...

BUILDING CODE

Read Nehemiah, Chapter 4 Jerusalem lay in ruins. Centuries earlier, the very people God had brought up out of slavery in Egypt and into a land of plenty, had begun to drift away from Him. Despite repeated warnings from God's prophets, the drift had accelerated until...

UNCHAINED

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000004525 StartFragment:0000000468 EndFragment:0000004508 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison . . . he put them in an inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and...

SURROUNDED

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000003651 StartFragment:0000000468 EndFragment:0000003634 Reflections on Psalm 27: Jesus lights my way morning, noon and night. He has saved me from the darkness of my mistakes. Who on earth would I be afraid of? Jesus...

COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000003550 StartFragment:0000000503 EndFragment:0000003533 Reflections on Isaiah 40:22-23, 27-31 Why do you complain to -- or about -- God? Don't you realize who He is and what He has done -- and will do? Though we're as...

THE LAST WORD

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000004239 StartFragment:0000000503 EndFragment:0000004222 Reflections on Psalm 94: You're the one who avenges wrong and puts things right, God; what are You waiting for? You're the only one qualified to judge with absolute...

SHEPHERD

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000168 EndHTML:0000002400 StartFragment:0000000468 EndFragment:0000002383 Reflections on Psalm 23: The Lord -- who is the fulness of all things-- is my Shepherd. As one of His beloved flock, I have everything I need. He leads me to feed on...