Monday, December 31, 2018
The Lord of the Rings trilogy tells the tale of nine companions who set off for Mordor with the goal of destroying the Dark Lord Sauron’s ring. Frodo, the story’s central character, struggled with the call to leave his familiar home in the Shire and embark on a journey fraught with danger. But Fr... .. read more..
Blessed by Blessing
Sunday, December 30, 2018
When a government wants to save money, its first target is often funds going to unstable foreign nations. After all, how does it serve a country to give millions of dollars to a failing one on the other side of the globe? But philanthropist Bill Gates argues that foreign aid is one of the best in... .. read more..
Clarity of Trust and Love
Saturday, December 29, 2018
A proliferate poet also known for her reclusive nature, Emily Dickinson grew up in a community of Christian ideology. Faith in Christ, however, remained a distant complexity, and her unanswered questions about God—as well as her cynicism—are embedded in her poetry. In “Apparently with No Surprise... .. read more..
Friday, December 28, 2018
Daniel fainted before a man whose “face flashed like lightning” and whose “eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people” (Daniel 10:6). The man’s appearance—and Daniel’s reaction—might imply the prophet was seeing God... .. read more..
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Most of us are familiar with various social media platforms, but one social media app allows complete strangers to rate your personal profile. A colleague told me how friends of his were heartbroken by the hurt their younger daughter experienced through receiving a bad rating. .. read more..
The Divine Gardener
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
One autumn I spent several days hiking in a majestic wilderness. Venturing into an old growth forest, lushness enveloped me. The rush of frigid water cut through tight canyons while austere granite peaks, dusted in white, sliced into the sky. It looked as though some heavenly baker sprinkled conf... .. read more..
The Shalom of God
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
My friend is going through a stressful season. She’s working fulltime while pursuing her master’s degree. Her boss’s terrible treatment has been making her feel inadequate. Yet every morning she reminds herself that she’s not alone—God is with her, giving her peace. Not a fickle peace, but a deep... .. read more..
An Important Message
Monday, December 24, 2018
How are you?” I asked the woman who was checking out my groceries at the store. She mumbled something. “One of those days, huh?” I said. “I’m just not feeling well,” she responded. We talked for a few minutes while she finished with my order. As I paid, I felt God telling me to do something, or a... .. read more..
Surviving the Storm
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Marriage can be hard work as the currents of daily life sometimes tend to cause us to drift apart; I do my thing and you do yours. We stay afloat in our separate boats—until the storm . Money issues, job stress, a difficult relationship with a child, manipulative in-laws, or even political differ... .. read more..
How We Work
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Our behavior at work says a lot about our relationship with Jesus. My late father-in-law sometimes fumed: “I’d rather work for non-Christians any day.” He believed his unbelieving bosses had treated him better than employers who’d claimed to be believers in Jesus. I know of others who’ve been bul... .. read more..