Archive for April, 2009

The Truth

April 30, 2009

"House church", or as others would call it, "prayer/Bible study group", was at my home these past few weeks. I had had knee surgery, and it was a bit hard for me to get around. It was our sharing night. … (read more)

A New Closet

April 29, 2009

With spring's arrival, and since I need to do it anyway, I've been cleaning out our closets. The kids have grown, so some of their items are being handed down or handed over to ministries that can help them find … (read more)

Gently Directing

April 28, 2009

As I was sitting in a public area recently, I saw a beautiful picture unfold before my eyes. A very tall dad walked in, with his very small son walking slowly in front of him. As soon as they entered … (read more)

Under His Wings

April 27, 2009

We are constantly bombarded with news of disasters, destruction, and the erosion of human values. The world gives "fear" a name with the right to live amongst all of us everywhere we turn. But God's Word tells us we are … (read more)

On Display

April 26, 2009

The box is well weathered, but still intact, holding the book in place. I can remember as a child, on occasions when we moved, catching glimpses of this box, only for it to be put away again. It was never … (read more)

Supreme Blessedness

April 25, 2009

Like many Christians, I have attended many retreats, conferences, conventions, and revival rallies. Generally, before and during the gatherings, there's a great anticipation, excitement, and expectation of the wonderful life-changing preaching, teachings, and spiritual happenings to come. From the first … (read more)

Let's Eat

April 24, 2009

In this record of Jesus feeding the crowd, several things come to mind. First of all, if one little boy had the five loaves and two fish, his basket must have been boy-sized. Needing to have enough for fifty in … (read more)

Holding On

April 23, 2009

As I played with my baby daughter sitting on my knee at the breakfast table, my wife laughed. I asked her what might be the cause for laughter at this early hour. I had been singing and tapping my finger … (read more)

The Unveiling

April 22, 2009

A large parcel of land was surrounded by homes and busy streets. Then came the earthmovers. Small trees were removed; the land was stripped; footings were dug. Day by day and week by week, we watched the land being transformed. … (read more)

Keeping It Fresh

April 21, 2009

During my childhood in England, shopping was an almost daily occurrence, in order to ensure that our food was as fresh as possible. Home refrigerators were rare, because they were not even close to affordable for the average household. My … (read more)

Heat And Cold

April 20, 2009

Every winter, I have struggled with a cold home. I put up plastic to break the wind blowing across my front porch, and also over the inside of leaky windows. I bought heavy liners for my window curtains. I blocked … (read more)

Mourning And Dancing

April 19, 2009

I think I must have conducted about 750 funerals over my twenty-three years in ministry. When I was a pastor in Scotland, I looked after two parishes, and on average, I officiated at about two funerals a week. I can … (read more)

The Jaws Of Life

April 18, 2009

Several weeks ago, I heard the news that my cousin had been in a terrible car accident. The paramedics had to use a device called the Jaws of Life in order to pull him out of the wreckage. My cousin … (read more)

Do I Really Love Him?

April 17, 2009

What if we were deeply in love with someone, and that person, out of the blue, asked, "Do you truly love me more than anyone else?" I think that would hurt a lot. Didn't the loved person know me and … (read more)

Amidst The Brokenness, The Cross Remains

April 16, 2009

I was a young girl walking home one moonlit night in London, England, when I became aware of a church which had recently been bombed. The roof, lovingly built a thousand years before, lay in heaps; some of the walls … (read more)

His Majesty's Witness

April 15, 2009

Like many teenagers back in the seventies, I enjoyed seeing the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Later, however, I heard that many Christians considered the film to be offensive. One reason for this criticism was the omission of the resurrection of … (read more)

The Laden Table

April 14, 2009

As I read this verse from Psalm 23, I pull up my chair to this special table and relax. Here, I can let go. Even though my worries are all around me, they cannot come close. Sigh! I wish I … (read more)

He Is Risen

April 13, 2009

Over the period of a few weeks in Sunday School, the lessons have been about the rewards of salvation, abundant life, and eternal life, given to us when we believe and receive the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts. I'm … (read more)

Rolled Away

April 12, 2009

Sometimes our situation seems impossible. I have gone through many such times. I have lost family. Jobs have been terminated. Finances have gone by the wayside. Such situations boggle the mind. They are simply unmanageable without help. In musing upon … (read more)

Outside The Gate

April 11, 2009

On a tour of Jerusalem recently, I was made aware of the controversy over the location of Jesus' tomb. Since the early centuries, it has been claimed that the location of the church of the Holy Sepulchre covers the spot … (read more)

Father, Forgive Them

April 10, 2009

I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground, to watch Jericho's walls collapse, or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. But imagine being present at that most astonishing event: … (read more)

What Happened To The Thief?

April 9, 2009

Recently while doing some research for a history book, I ran across an interesting story that caused me to stop and ponder. In 1824, Patrick Bergren, an 18-year-old teenager, entered his master's place of business at night and took "one … (read more)

The Silence Of The Lamb

April 8, 2009

Most of us likely know the expression, "Silence speaks louder than words." Years of experience have taught me that this proverb is true. Sometimes, I can give a better testimony simply by being silent, much to the disappointment of some … (read more)

Wounded, But Healed

April 7, 2009

Last year, I had surgery on my neck, due to a disc pressing on my spinal cord. For numerous reasons, I was not looking forward to it. I was scared of surgery — not because I thought something would happen, … (read more)

Garden Of Grace

April 6, 2009

Sometimes when I pray to Jesus, my heart is so full of the many ways in which I have disappointed Him. I'll remember a harsh word that I've recently spoken, or a promise that I've cast aside, or even a … (read more)

The Christ-Bearer

April 5, 2009

As Jesus rode into Jerusalem, He did so, riding upon a donkey — a young colt. The little donkey took him through the throngs of people crowding the city. Many were thrilled to see Him and acknowledge Him for who … (read more)

The Wild Easter Lily

April 4, 2009

On a spring day recently, my husband and I drove through a part of God's great sanctuary. The roadsides were white with the blooms of the Zephyranthes atamasco lily. The early settlers to this area called it the wild Easter … (read more)

A Message And A Promise

April 3, 2009

Missing church on Sunday leaves a hole in my week that is difficult to patch up. A chronic illness makes this absence unavoidable at times. But I can always count on this loving message and sincere promise when it occurs: … (read more)

Redeemed By Christ

April 2, 2009

I'm six years old. I'm very frightened, sobbing, and heartbreakingly miserable. I'm in a strange school in a strange country, and strange people are now driving me away. Where is my mommy? The car stops outside a large, red brick … (read more)

Triathlon Of Life

April 1, 2009

Recently, I watched a triathlon being run in our city. I was amazed at all the people it takes to put this event together, and the number of people who support each athlete. These folks supported the athletes as they … (read more)

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