Here we are in the middle of Banned Books Week (September 21-27), where librarians, teachers, and avid readers from across the globe are celebrating the books which have been censored throughout history and their right to read and think about whatever they wish. This may not seem important to you… unless you’ve been in […]Read more "Banned Books Week: My Story of Censorship"
I found the following passage to be especially profound last week, and wanted to start this new week by sharing it with all of you. I’ve learned that when God continually brings a Scripture passage to your attention, it’s usually because He’s trying to tell you something important and He wants you to pay […]Read more "The Light of His Promises"
There is a Thomas Kinkeade gallery near our home, and my wife and I often stop in to gaze at the beautiful paintings. My favorite has always been one entitled In the Woods, which depicts a peaceful little cabin nestled deep in the woods surrounded by tall trees and a bubbling stream. Each time […]Read more "Finding God in the Smoky Mountains"
During my devotional hour I read the following quote from J.I. Packer. It meant so much to me, that I decided to share it with all of you! “Before the words promise keepers were ever used for a contemporary men’s movement, becoming a promise-keeper was a character quality that God established as His […]Read more "He Keeps Every Promise!"
Picture Credit: The Shepherd Boy – William Pratt, 1932 Yesterday I had the opportunity to preach the Sunday morning sermon at church while our pastor is away on summer vacation. It’s always exciting to be able to share God’s Word with others, and I felt especially encouraged after yesterday’s service. I felt strongly led […]Read more "More than a Shepherd Boy"
Sitting in a damp, dimly lit prison cell, the Apostle Paul worked steadfastly on writing the Scriptures. He knew he was waiting on a death sentence, and that his time was short. Still, he pressed on, waking up each day to put pen to paper. And in the midst of this final trial, he obediently […]Read more "Monday Meditation – Thankful for All Things"
Christians often talk about needing to “walk the walk, instead of just talking the talk,” but how often do we take time to define what exactly this means? I imagine many young Christians have a vague concept of needing to “live better somehow” or “make better choices,” but in the end statements such as these […]Read more "Monday Meditation: Walking the Walk"
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17 I have often heard the passage above applied as a time management principle. Business managers love to quote […]Read more "Monday Meditation – Redeeming the Time"
Relating Hebrew Poetry to a Visual Audience Have you ever wondered why many Christians today have a hard time relating to the Old Testament? Its pages are filled with exquisite poetry, and yet a growing majority of Bible readers overlook its wisdom because the truths of the New Testament seem more “practical” and “easier to […]Read more "Relating Hebrew Poetry to a Visual Audience"
Tomorrow is Mother’s Day, a day set aside for reflecting on all the things our mothers have done for us and letting them know how much they are appreciated. And for most of us, the memories of our mother’s nurturing care are sweet and beautiful indeed. As I think back on the way my own […]Read more "A Mother’s Love – A Beautiful Reflection of God’s Tender Care"