In ancient days, the sea was perceived as the ultimate untamed beast. The wild oceans and seas were turbulent, they were uncontrollable, and they were sometimes terrifying…. What am I saying? They are still these things! Today, where I live, people are much quicker to think of these kinds of terrors in relation to a … More Calming Fear with Fear? Yes, really…
“A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven” (Jn. 3:27). What do you have that is not from God? The Bible answers, “Ultimately, absolutely nothing.” Your response to this may vary. Some may be thinking about good things for which they should be grateful. Others may reminisce over fond … More All is from God
Last weekend was emotionally demanding. I received phone calls from two different sources, and each reported the death of a person I knew. A 92-year-old man had been part of my church family for years, and I had spoken with him several times about his impending death. When he died, it was no huge surprise, … More Death is Life’s Definitive Equalizer
In his devotional “Mornings and Evenings,” Charles Spurgeon wrote his own commentary on the passing of Christians from security and strength to further stability and power. This progression is contrary to much of our natural experience, and Spurgeon acknowledges the same. A runner, for instance, begins with full energy and ends with none; and the … More Strength to Strength in times of Suffering
What does it mean to be Lost? Usually, in the context of Christianity, one is not speaking of location confusion when using the term lost. To say, “he is lost,” is to say something other than, “he does not know how to make his way from his home to the church building.” The term lost … More What does it mean to be ‘Lost’?
While a young mother was changing her two-year-old daughter’s clothes, she heard Bella’s tiny voice. Pointing to herself, Bella asked, “I cansoo?” Leslie, Bella’s mother, was used to interpreting her daughter’s attempts at communication, but this word was new. “Say it again,” Leslie said. She needed to hear it again in order to make a … More Hope in times of suffering, pain and loss