Your Reputation Precedes You

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20 My family and I have spent the past few days packing for a long-awaited vacation to the Great Lakes region. Because we’re not big fans of hotels, we reserved a place to stay through Home Away. It’s a family home on several acres within walking distance of a… Continue reading Your Reputation Precedes You

Struggling to Grow Spiritually

Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; so the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field. – Zechariah 10:1 For the past several months, my family and I have been transplanting perennials, bulbs, and shrubs from one garden bed into another across the driveway. We didn’t… Continue reading Struggling to Grow Spiritually

Forgiving Others (Even When It’s Tough!)

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. – Luke 23:34 I’ve been reading about forgiveness this week, in The Peacemaker by Ken Sande. The author made the point that it is possible – and we should make it a goal – to forgive others… Continue reading Forgiving Others (Even When It’s Tough!)

Best Friends

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends. – John 15:15a Close friends came to visit our family last week. Missionaries to Tanzania, they had quite a harrowing journey back to the States recently, and much to share with us about that adventure… Continue reading Best Friends

One Another, One Another, One Another

A recent message by Dr. Charles Stanley brought to mind the many times the phrase “one another,” or something similar, is used throughout Scripture. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. – John 13:14 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour… Continue reading One Another, One Another, One Another

Planting, Watering, and Harvesting

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6 I’m a huge fan of the PBS series “Poirot,” which ran intermittently over the course of twenty-five years. In the series, David Suchet brought to life Agatha Christie’s super sleuth with the unequaled “little gray cells,” Hercule Poirot. I’ll finish the final season… Continue reading Planting, Watering, and Harvesting

Efficiency, Priorities, and Eternal Value

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. – Philippians 3:8 I often consider how I can be more efficient. Do you?… Continue reading Efficiency, Priorities, and Eternal Value

Commanded to Be Worry-Free

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6, 7 There’s a great deal we could worry about these days. There’s this little thing known as… Continue reading Commanded to Be Worry-Free

When God Promises to Grant Our Prayer Requests

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7 The past few months, our home has become more of a haven than ever before. Its walls have witnessed an increase in prayers, as we have talked with… Continue reading When God Promises to Grant Our Prayer Requests

Anticipating a Glorious New Season

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? – 2 Peter… Continue reading Anticipating a Glorious New Season