When Daniel was in the midst of the lion’s den, God was with him. When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in the midst of the fiery furnace, God was with them. It would have been perfectly easy for God to immediately transport these saints out of their difficulties, but no. He chose instead to be with them in the midst of their trials. God
What is it about salt? And how do I season speech with it? Gracious speech is sweet, yet Paul says to season it with salt. A friend of mine makes this interesting breakfast of quinoa grain mixed with some oatmeal, coconut oil, dried fruit and nuts with some date honey to sweeten it. It might seem strange, but then he adds salt. Salt brings
He restores my soul. Psalm 23:2 What does it mean to restore something? When we think of that word, we often think of restoring an old vehicle, house or piece of furniture. There are multiple television shows about restoring “vintage” items or homes. People go to great pains to try to make the item just as it was long ago. They spend money, time
Today’s word is not Hebrew or Greek, it’s Eskimo! The word is Issumagijoujunnainermik. When missionaries first shared the gospel with the Eskimos, they couldn’t find any word in the Eskimo language for forgiveness. So, they took a number of Eskimo words and joined them to form a new word: Issu-magi-jou-jun-nai-ner-mik. It became the Eskimo word for forgiveness. The individual words are “Not-being-able-to-think-about-it-anymore.” Too often we
The great pyramids of Egypt have become objects of fascination for many involved in the New Age teaching. Some think they were built by aliens from outer space. Others say they are containers of cosmic power. All of them are trying to find the great “secret” of the pyramids. What they are, really, are structures of death, exaggerated tombstones, coffins. The pyramids were made for death.
What must the disciples have felt back then as they saw the waves crashing against their boat? They were being swayed from side to side in the deep dark sea. They were afraid for their lives. But our Lord was there all along. He just wanted them to trust. So often we find ourselves in that same boat, don’t we? “Lord, are you there?
Throughout the world, millions of dollars are spent on priceless works of art. I’m always amazed at how much people will pay for one painting, and some are considered virtually priceless. But what makes a masterpiece? It’s not a “what.” It’s a “who. ” A master makes a masterpiece. There’s a Master at work on you. Your life is a priceless work of art
The noted English architect Sir Christopher Wren was supervising the construction of a magnificent cathedral in London. A journalist thought it would be interesting to interview some of the workers, so he chose three and asked them this question, “What are you doing?” The first replied, “I’m cutting stone for a shabby 10 shillings a day.” The next answered, “I’m putting in 13 hard hours
Last year, I vowed to make Christmas a calm and peaceful experience. I cut back on nonessential obligations–extensive card writing, endless baking, decorating, and even overspending. Yet still, I found myself exhausted, unable to appreciate the precious family moments, and of course, the true meaning of Christmas. My son, Nicholas, was in kindergarten. It was an exciting season for a six year old. For
It’s just a small, white envelope stuck among the branches of our Christmas tree. No name, no identification, no inscription. It has peeked through the branches of our tree for the past 10 years or so. It all began because my husband Mike hated Christmas—oh, not the true meaning of Christmas, but the commercial aspects of it–overspending, the frantic running around at the last minute to get