Whoever Wants to Save Their Life

Whoever Wants to Save Their Life

There is a story about a bishop, back in the days when people traveled by horse and buggy, who had two horses named Pride and Prejudice. People often told him that they thought it was awful that a bishop should be drawn hither and thither by Pride and Prejudice. He...
Lay Aside Every Weight

Lay Aside Every Weight

In Jules Verne’s novel, The Mysterious Island, he writes of five men who escaped a Civil War prison camp by hijacking a hot air balloon. As they rise into the air, they realize the wind is carrying them over the ocean. As the hours pass and the surface of the ocean...
Be Still and Know

Be Still and Know

When I was right out of seminary in my first call, a wise elder from that church came by my study to help me unpack. As we got underway, he asked about my prayer life. Here I was a new pastor in a new church. I didn’t even know everyone’s names yet. And I was going to...
Even There…

Even There…

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of Jonah. God calls Jonah to a ministry and Jonah runs. He goes down to the nearest port and jumps on a ship heading to a city on the far side of the known world. I don’t know about you, but there have definitely...
Let the Blessing Rain Down

Let the Blessing Rain Down

Two times during the year when I lived in Jamaica, faith-based medical mission teams came to visit our part of the island. Both times, just a small group of people came down from the states and yet they made a huge impact in the community where I was living. People...
The Lord Looks on the Heart

The Lord Looks on the Heart

A juggler, driving to his next performance, is stopped by a traffic cop. “What are these matches and lighter fluid doing in your car?” asks the officer. Was he a potential arsonist, thought the officer or, even worse, a terrorist? “I’m a juggler,” the driver answered,...
Such A Time As This

Such A Time As This

  There is a compelling scene in the book of Esther. Esther who is Jewish has become the queen of Persia. The king doesn’t know she is Jewish and he is bribed into issuing a decree to have all Jewish people in the kingdom destroyed. Esther’s cousin Mordacai tries...
Four Engines Are Better

Four Engines Are Better

An 86-year-old woman flying for the first time heard the following announcement over the plane’s intercom: “This is your captain speaking. Our number four engine has just been shut off because of mechanical trouble. However, there is nothing to worry about. We will...
The Human Touch

The Human Touch

I recently heard about a business executive who became depressed. Things were not going well at work, and he was bringing his problems home with him every night. Every evening he would eat his dinner in silence. His wife and five-year-old daughter felt completely shut...
Just A Little Faith

Just A Little Faith

There was a woman in a community who was well known for her simple faith and grace under pressure. She had endured many trials and difficulties in life – and yet remained vibrant and full of hope. Another woman who had never met her, but had heard of her faith, came...