Reflections on Suffering

The great Apostle Peter once wrote, "Therefore, let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good" (1 Peter 4:19). Clearly Peter understood two very important things: when we do the will of God suffering may come (contrary to the whole health…

Four Prayer Habits I Learned from My Mother

When I was a little boy my dad and mom would gather our little family in our living room each evening for a brief time in the Scriptures and for prayer. Though this was over 40 years ago, I remember these moments as if it were yesterday. Significantly, I recall at least four habits…

Four Benefits of a Blameless Life

King David, in Psalm 119:80, offers this rich prayer: May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame! Indeed, this prayer ought to be on the lips of every follower of Jesus Christ. I ask myself what might be the benefits of a…

Four Truths about Forgiveness

Joseph had been deeply wounded by his brothers. In their collective disdain for this seemingly favored son of their father, they trafficked him to those who would sell him into slavery. It is an awful and ugly story, but one to which the Most High God was attentive. Despite what…

Immanuel’s Appearance

One of the greatest stories ever told is presented with profound simplicity in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament of the Bible. Read the brief description with an open heart:  "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived…

Light Has Dawned

One feature of Christmas is the Light of the World breaking into our spiritual darkness--Jesus, "the true light which gives light to everyone." (John 1:9). Consider these simple Scriptures: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of…