HOLD YOUR HORSES!

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it...

THIS GOD!

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.  (Ps 48:14)   There are many things in this world we can come to worship and rely on without fully realizing it.  Like our forbears from the beginning of time, we can so easily drift...

DIGGING DOWN DEEP

"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 ill-treat you.  If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.  If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your...

WRITING THE GLORY STORY

     Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!  . . . come down and make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!  For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came...

THE GIFT OF EXPECTATION

So Joseph went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  (Luke 2:4-5) He...

THE GIFT OF RECEIVING THE WONDER

Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well on in years."  (Luke 1:18) "How will this be, " Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"  (Luke 1:34)   Luke's gospel tells about two unexpected birth announcements by...

THE GIFT OF COUNSEL

For to us a child is born . . . And he will be called Wonderful Counselor . . . (Isa 9:6) . . . the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. (1John 5:20)   "For to us a child is born . . . "  This oft-quoted passage...

THE GIFT OF GRACE

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.  . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Out of his fullness we...

GIFTS OF BEAUTY

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change . . . (Ja. 1:17)   With each new day and season, I marvel at God's gifts of beauty. The warm, rich colors of the fall leaves always amaze me.  Then...

THINGS I’VE LEARNED

Some things I have learned, but not mastered: The first step in problem-solving is to take it to God.  The second step is to refuse to take it back. Stress increases my impulse to control aspects of my daily life, and that in turn increases my stress.  Releasing...