My favorite Synoptic Gospel is Luke. We read Zechariah asking the angel this question: “How can I know this?” Basically, Zechariah is saying, “Hey, how can I be sure of this? How can I know that this is true?” Certainly the angel was delivering some big news that seemed highly unlikely. Zechariah and his wife … Continue reading How Can I Know This?
Over the years, many people have had “as long as” repentance. The Psalmist describes this in Psalm 78, where he speaks of a repentance that lasts only for a brief period of time while someone was in danger. How often do we see the consequences of something and then we are sorry, whereas we truly … Continue reading As Long As
I love a good shortcut. Almost every day as I drive to work, I take a shortcut. Yet there are times in life when shortcuts are not best—when the easy way isn’t the best way. When we dream about something we desire for the future, we want a shortcut to reach the dream. We want … Continue reading The Easy Way Is Not Always Best
Moses had the great task of bringing God’s people out of Egypt. He had to deal with the hard-hearted Pharaoh and the stiff-necked Israelites. The first meeting with Pharaoh caused the Israelites more burden and they were not happy with Moses—they actually wanted God to judge him for making them a stench. Moses responds by … Continue reading Why Did You Ever Send Me?
When Moses was given a special mission by God, the doubts seeped in and he didn’t have the confidence to move forward. God provided a staff. When tossed down, the staff became a serpent. If that wasn’t strange enough, God told Moses to stretch out his hand, to reach, to grab the serpent by the … Continue reading Stretch Out Your Hand
Life is a journey. Over the years, I learned that a journey isn’t the same during each part of the journey. There are highs and lows, good times and bad times. There are moments of rejoicing, and moments of sorrow and tears. When one sets out on a journey, so often the sojourner thinks the … Continue reading The Journey
March 7. Here it is again. I am sure I am not the only one with a day. A day is only a day in your eyes. As the world sees the day, it is very different from your vantagepoint. A day is filled with scars, with unanswered questions, with tragedy, with depth, with decisions, … Continue reading March 7
Action alone does not mean there is faith; however, faith without action is “dead and useless.” If you have faith, it should result in some fruit. People should see your good deeds. People should see something different in you, something that will point them to the One with whom you have faith. The fruit isn’t … Continue reading Without Action
What if you did not help work on a project—not even for a second—but you received recognition for the great work you did on the project? During a ceremony, you were called up on stage to accept this great honor when you never even did anything to assist. Wouldn’t that be strange? Would you feel … Continue reading Undeserved Privilege
We are very self-centered. Take a photo with a group of people, and surely you will first seek out yourself in the picture when you first look at it. It’s in our nature. Even when we think of our faith walk, we think it is all about us. Your faith is not simply your faith. … Continue reading Your Faith