Honey, I wrote a new psalm!

Great works of God usually have simple beginnings and are rarely understood to be profound. Nevertheless, God often uses those small things to birth unexpected world movements. Read more

An orphan, and yet not

I have a living relationship with Jesus. We talk. He with me and I with Him and through the Holy Spirit I learn to follow the commands of Jesus, many times too slowly. Read more

Hosanna

To get to the root of why Jesus rode a donkey we need to read passages in Deuteronomy, Psalms, Zechariah, and Luke. The date for each passage is very approximate, but they are each separated by about 400 years which is a recurring measurement of time in the Bible. Read more

Sometimes it is right not to demand your rights.

On my second or third day with them, I asked if I could sit with each of them while they handled work assignments that they received from our U.S. team. As soon as I sat with the first team member, I could tell I was doing something culturally wrong. Read more

How close?

We have two cats, one that continually wants attention; no, she demands it. The other, Max, is the quiet one. He rarely meows and is quite independent. Oh, he’s also OCD. Or, as I like to say, CDO, since the letters should be in order. Anyway, Max still needs attention but in his OCD way. Every morning, when I’m at my computer, he jumps up on my desk and stretches out between my keyboard and monitor to be petted and scratched. This time seems to be very important to him — the whole time he has his motor rumbling. That … Read more

On Doubt

God is big enough to take it. You can be angry at God. You can ask why. You can hurt. It’s okay. Remember, Habakkuk cried out in Habakkuk 1:2, “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?” Read more

Infinite Importance

The Apostles were “working class” men. They knew Jesus, first hand. Some saw Jesus on the cross. After Christ’s death they laid down their lives in service to Jesus, some in far distant lands. Why? Read more

The law of discipleship

First, let’s look at this primary law of discipleship from Jesus: Luke 9:23-24, Then he [Jesus]said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. Read more

Play skillfully

All that we, as followers of Jesus Christ, do should be done as unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23). So, whether we are cleaning toilets, sewing buttons on a homeless man’s coat or performing in an Easter cantata we need to learn and practice that skill, so we do the job well: “Play skillfully…” Read more

Are we on task?

I have known a person of letters for many years. I met him when I was in high school, and he worked with my dad. As it happened, despite my youth, we were friends, and we often talked about a book he was writing. We discussed his progress and the excellent feedback he received from his publisher as he sent completed chapters in for review. He was quite excited, as was I. He was excited because he saw the unfolding of his vision and I because it was fun to hear his good news and to learn the process for … Read more

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