Shawna, eight years old now, is my third youngest grandkid. I met her at the bus stop last week on Thursday. Whew—what a bundle of energy and joy and enthusiasm! From my view I couldn’t see her step off the bus, but I imagine she jumped high and long. She did run across the street, laughing,…

“And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

Like David in Psalm 39, we honestly acknowledge we sometimes live “lives of quiet desperation.” Some days, though, we live in a bubble as if this life is heaven on earth. We enjoy the rich life God has given us, confident in the promises of our future life in the presence of Christ soon, and…

I’m thankful for my adoptive Mom and Dad, two salt-of-the-earth people, who adopted me out of a world plagued with poverty and generational sins. Their generosity and Christian faith have influenced me more than I’ll ever possibly realize.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Here is a starting place for Thanksgiving 2019.

This week’s column is a Scriptural reality check on stormy seas and, gulp…may be uncomfortable.

In our younger years Cheryl and I went to a variety of seasonal productions. When the girls came along we selected venues that would highlight the season and would keep the attention of our girls. We lived near Disneyworld then, and there was always a spectacular spectacle somewhere. These d…

1I 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. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern wh…

Last week I assisted with the funeral of a Marine Veteran. For sure, it was sad in many respects, but there were also things that made it a rich experience. Family love and connections were strong—their fierce loyalty and affection were evident throughout the day.

What would you think about someone who promised you could be a partaker of the divine nature? Fringe group? New ager?

In today’s white hot political and social environment followers of Christ could use a lesson from Psalm 35. The First Continental Congress did.

53 Then each of them went home, 1while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. 3The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stan…

Cheryl and I attended the school play Cinderella last weekend. It was highlighted by two of our elementary school grandkids. One of them was the cutest mouse in the house and the other a lovely narrator, singer, and dancer. The performance, stage, and costumes were amazing. The story is so l…

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?

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“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.

What is your favorite thing?

Imagine you were charged or criticized for something you did not do.

My wife makes fun of me for the frequent times I turn to the end of an article or story—first. David understands.

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…

Jay understands.

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The third petition of the Lord’s prayer is, “Thy will be Done!” It means, “God, make Your will happen on earth the same way it happens now in heaven!”

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…

Have you been to court and had to swear to “tell the truth and nothing but the truth so help you God”? I have. In our culture we are expected to be people of our word.

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…

Follower of Christ: What is something about heaven that you look forward to the most?

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?

If you knew it was your last week before heaven, what would you do?

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?

I have visited the Holy Land multiple times and visited many holy sites where most have a church built to commemorate a holy event.

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.

Have you seen the Hubble Satellite telescope picture of two galaxies colliding? Not moons or even planets but galaxies. Do such marvels amaze you, too?