Like a caring coach on practice days, the Spirit of God rehearses fundamental statements about God in Psalm 28. While we don’t know David’s circumstances, they apply to our game days of life. What particular situation will these basics about God help bring you a victory?
“I have hidden Your word in my heart so that I might not sin against You.” Literally, I have “treasured it.” So says the Psalmist in 119:11. Jesus constantly quoted Scripture as do Paul and the other New Testament writers. This evidences their practice of memorizing Scripture.
The Gospel of John has some of the most personal and inspiring words of Jesus. This Gospel allows us to sense and experience the life and ministry of Jesus with words that inspire the disciples and words that encourage us. The Gospel is the good news. The good news for us.
I sometimes imagine myself as the infamous fly on the wall, taking in how the scholars of their day put together the order of the Psalms under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I really do this. No doubt they debated which songs of Israel should be included—their history and our Old Testam…
The Louvre in Paris is perhaps the world’s best museum. Years ago, I spent one day there, and it overwhelmed me with its treasure troves of delight. I could have spent weeks and not seen it all. It would take a lifetime to fully appreciate it.
Cheryl and I recently traveled a portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Stunning. At one overlook we met a young couple of “flat land foreigners” from Florida. We all agreed we’d love to live in those mountains overloading the eyes of our heart with creation candy.
My mother, sister, and I moved from Maryland to Florida when I was six years old. My one lasting memory of the trip was when we stopped at a motel across from the ocean. My mother readied us to swim (wade). Then, nearly dark, my sister and I watched as my mother went swimming. I remember los…
For the July 4th weekend we had a house full of family and several holiday celebrations that included, sometimes together, all my kids, their hubbies, and all grandkids and even our family matriarch and patriarch. I am enjoying the quiet now, but put together, God gave me an extraordinary fa…
22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but by this time the boat, battered by the …
At first, Psalm 22 seems a little odd for twenty-first century followers of Christ with its emphasis on the king. But give it an honest try and see for yourself the realities for us in this forgotten, sleepy song. Here it is:
My grandchildren have different ways to express their love for me. One enjoys my presence quietly and literally just stands beside me waiting for my attention. Another is sporadic, but may suddenly be beside me with an arm around my shoulder. More serious, one will suddenly put their arm aro…
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I write this column each week under the premise “God is [has been] at work” in me in some particular way He wants me to share with you since we last talked (Philippians 2:13). This week, I had a sad and poignant but glorious experience with God that is perfectly timed to share from our Psalm…
Tom, my brother-in-law, and George, my friend, came for dinner. They are heart transplant recipients. I bet you didn’t have two heart transplant recipients for dinner at your house Friday night.
My mind will not allow me to erase the image of the radiant faces of my oldest daughter and her fourteen year old daughter during their performance of “Hello Dolly” two weekends ago. To them, dancing and singing were already sheer delight and only enhanced by the joy of doing it together. Yo…
I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern wha…
Have you ever found yourself with your mind wandering when you started to pray? You have great intentions, but after a few minutes you find yourself wondering about something on Amazon or falling asleep.
I will never forget sitting across the table from Mark and Carolyn as she, speaking for them and he acknowledging her precise words, spoke of the loss of their son, and said, “Our grief does not define us; it refines us.” Would you be able to say that?
My younger grandchildren love to sing songs to me. They may be serious songs, but they are never dirges or like elevator music (I hate elevator music that sanitizes songs).They like silly songs. Can you hear them giggling?
Once, a friend was hiking nearby and she lost her way. Night came upon her and her companions, and all they could do was stop and wait for daylight and their rescuers. This is so like our hike through an enchanted forest called the Psalms this year. We have been enjoying the highlights as we…
One way to look at the whole Bible is as a series of God’s answers to the Devil’s accusations. In fact, the Devil (ho-diabolos) in Greek means “the accuser/slanderer.” “Ha-Satan” is the exact same idea in Hebrew.
It’s more than just an illustration Scripture uses to teach us about God’s love for us and devotion to us. Follower and bride of Christ—young or wishin’, single or married: How is your marriage with Christ coming along?
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heav…
Exile in the Bible results from God’s people not conforming to God’s revealed will. This lack of conformity causes the banishment of rebellious sinners from the land. The best example of exile is the Babylonian captivity in 586 BC. God’s people refused the call of God’s prophets; with a brok…
Innocence flourished at our place when our girls were little and they picked flowers to give to their mother. Their simple hearts gathered and gave with joy. Of course, the flowers (or weeds…) adorned our home in equally simple vases (or glasses), or as center pieces and table runners on our…
So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your …
In Genesis 12:1-3, God makes Abraham an incredible, multifaceted promise: “I will make you into a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and your name will be a blessing; I will bless the one who blesses you and the one belittling you, I will curse, and through you, all the…
Mark called last week. He is the director of a group which provides one-on-one mentors for inmates. We meet twice a month with interested men. Another of its ministries is to sponsor seminary training for inmates in prison. Mark called to ask if I could teach a class that started today becau…