Problems are Opportunities

Problems are Opportunities

Friend of Geneva, I have a confession to make. Are you ready for this? I am an in-curable hoper and I want you to follow suit. I have a bias that no problem on earth is ever truly insoluble; problems are opportunities filled with possibilities. I do everything in my...
The Beauty of the Human Spirit

The Beauty of the Human Spirit

I read a Dennis the Menace comic recently that touched me. Dennis’ mom is tucking him into bed at night, and he asks her, “Were you pretty when you were a little girl, or did you just get that way when you got old?” Children see beneath the skin, don’t they? They see...
Job’s Friends

Job’s Friends

You may remember at the end of the book of Job, God takes his three friends to task for their false accusations and for the way they failed to help Job during a time of tremendous duress. God then commands them to go make a sacrifice of repentance. But then, God also...
He’s Never Failed Me

He’s Never Failed Me

In Chicago, a man was about to cross a busy street when a lovely young girl walked up, led by a seeing-eye dog. He realized that she was blind. The lights changed, and the people started crossing. He was about to offer to help her across the street when a big fellow...
Good Friday

Good Friday

Jim Elliot was a missionary who was murdered by a tribe of Auca Indians in Ecuador in the late 1950s. In the wake of his death, Jim’s widow, Elisabeth Elliot, sensed God calling her to move to Ecuador to continue Jim’s work among the Aucas. She listened to God’s call...
They Invented Hugs

They Invented Hugs

There is an old Family Circus comic when the little girl explains to her even younger brother, “They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.” Words are important too, aren’t they? However, there is something powerful about human touch....
All That I Am and All That I Have

All That I Am and All That I Have

In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul promises us that nothing in life or in death can separate us from God’s love. And he shares with us that God intends to restore and renew all of creation, everything, including you and me. Then, in chapter 12, he shifts...
Like a Loving Parent

Like a Loving Parent

There is a story about three friends who went deep-sea fishing. Suddenly a storm arose out of nowhere. Its severity threatened to sink the boat before they could return to shore. Two of the men began to pray for deliverance, but the other man just sat there, watching...
One From the Top 10

One From the Top 10

Sometime back, I got an email that was clearly spam – a junk advertisement for a new mortgage. I saved it as a sermon illustration because it played on human greed and our capacity to covet what we don’t have. Here’s how it reads: Your neighbor moved to a much better...
Lift Up Thine Eyes

Lift Up Thine Eyes

Norman Rockwell has a painting titled Lift Up Thine Eyes. Shown in his painting is the magnificent entrance to an urban cathedral. Vaulted high above its carved Gothic doors are statues of the prophets, apostles, and martyrs. And right in the center is Jesus Christ,...