Rethinking Success

Rethinking Success

Many years ago now, my friend sent me an email titled, “God won’t ask…” It read: God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but he’ll ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation. God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but he’ll ask how...
Knowing the Shepherd

Knowing the Shepherd

I love Psalm 23. I find myself surrounded by lots of friends when I say that because so many of us love this psalm which begins with those amazing words: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Because of its importance in my life, I was glad to learn of a true...
Praying As We Were Taught

Praying As We Were Taught

My nephew has been trying to learn the Lord’s Prayer. The family says it together each night before dinner. He is almost there. He prays: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. My kingdom come, my will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” I understand...
A Gift and a Summons

A Gift and a Summons

In the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah himself writes, “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.’” God’s word to Jeremiah is a gift, but not only a gift. It is also a calling! In his...
Encountering the Presence of God

Encountering the Presence of God

One Sunday afternoon, I had the privilege to ride with a Middle School youth group as they drove around visiting elderly members of our church who can no longer attend. They brought ‘goodie’ baskets filled with homemade brownies, cookies, and a handmade card. Nine...
Shine on Through

Shine on Through

There is a story about a little girl who was on her way home from worship one Sunday morning. She turned to her mother and said, “Mommy, something the pastor said this morning confused me.” “Really,” replied mom, “what confused you? The girl answered, “Well, the...
An Honest Faith

An Honest Faith

I love the prophet Jeremiah. He comes across as very human. He argues with God, he praises God, he weeps, and he rejoices – sometimes all in a matter of a single day! In fact, in chapter 20, in the space of three verses, he accuses God, sings praises to God, and he...
A Smile and a Wave

A Smile and a Wave

There was an article in the Jacksonville paper several years ago about a couple who sit on their front lawn every evening and wave to all who pass by. From 4-7 p.m., quitting time to dinner time, they set out their chairs, smile and wave. The article read, “Despite...
Breath Prayers

Breath Prayers

Dwight Moody once asked a congregation, “Tell me how I can get the air out of the (glass) I have in my hand?” Someone answered, “Suck it out with a pump.” The evangelist replied, “That would create a vacuum and shatter it.” Finally, after many unworkable suggestions,...
The Road to Growth

The Road to Growth

A seeker after the truth came to a holy man for guidance. “Tell me, wise one, how did you become holy?” “Two words.” “And what are they, please?” “Right choices.” The seeker was fascinated. “How does one learn to choose rightly?” “One word.” “One word! May I have it,...