Could Your Trial and Trouble Actually Be An Expression of God’s Love?

Hebrews 12:6-11

“The Lord disciplines those He loves, . . . but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. . . For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” Hebrews. 12:6a, 10b, 11 […]

Any People Pleaser’s Out There? You’ll Want To Read This Good News.

Galatians 1:10

With Father’s Day rapidly approaching, I’m surrounded by some really amazing dads–namely my two sons and my son-in-law. They’re all leading their families with compassion and courage. I’m so proud of them.  When our kids were young, Page and I were saying bedtime prayers with them and one of our sons, nine years old at […]

Facts About the Return of Jesus That Many People Don’t Know

Acts 1:9-11

The two men were dressed in white. Luke, the writer of the book of Acts, calls them men, but they must have just appeared as men, because they were dressed in white and spoke with an authoritative tone. This attention to the role of angels is consistent with Luke’s gospel. In the opening chapter of […]

The One Way Church Is Like Facebook–And Not In A Good Way

Acts 20:13-37

So how are Facebook and Church alike?  It’s not that you can have friends in both.  The one thing they have in common is that you can hide in both.  In Facebook you show people the version of yourself that you want them to see. Isn’t that sort of what we do in church?  But […]

It’s Easy to Miss God’s Grace If You’re Not Looking For It

1 Peter 4:10

Our family recently celebrated a birthday. My son and his family celebrated the first birthday of their foster son, Will.  They got the call that the social worker was bringing Will to their house on his second day in this world. Even though it happened very quickly, they’d prepared and prayed for that day. Now […]

For Anyone Who’s Ever Wondered Why God Would Use You

2 Corinthians 4:7-12

Have you ever wondered to yourself, “Why in the world would God ever use me?”  Maybe you’ve asked yourself that question at a time you were struggling with self doubt, or doubt that was directed toward God.  As I was growing up I watched people I considered spiritual giants. I admired what they seemed to […]

The Secret to Finding Your Way In The Darkness

John 1:1-5

A few years ago I read the book, The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken. The book includes stories and insights from a missionary couple who served in places where Christians have suffered and are suffering enormous persecution for the sake of the gospel. A few months after I read the book, Nik and his wife came […]

The One Thing All Kids Do That Adults Should Do More

Psalm 40:3

Page and I have six grandchildren, with number 7 due in about 3 weeks.  Holidays and family gatherings are pretty exciting.  Lately we’ve tried something new. Rather than have them at our home for a few days with their siblings, we’ve let them come to our house one at a time, so they can have […]

You’re Richer Than You Think You Are: Our Prodigal God

Ephesians 1:7-10

I bristled a bit when I first saw the title of Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God.  To me the term prodigal carried a negative connotation because I always associated the word with the rebellious, selfish, and wasteful son in Jesus’ story about the loving father and the prodigal son.  But one of the definitions of […]

I Was Reminded This Week Why People Shouldn’t Put Their Faith In Me

2 Cor. 12:9-11

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s […]