When You Aren't Sure What to Do Next
Jesus guides us in many different ways. Sometimes he makes the next step clear as day. Other times, like Peter discovered in John 21:1-14, it feels like we’re left to muddle through, only to find that Jesus was leading through…Continue Reading
Thank you, Father
Thank you, Father, for my life.
Thank you for my precious wife.
Thank you, Father, for my girl.
Thank you for this deep-sea pearl.
Thank you, Father, for my sons,
Fathers, wives, the little ones.
Thank you for the church…Continue Reading
Thanksgiving: Echoing the Grace of God
Giving thanks is no small thing for the Christian.
But far too many of us have the wrong impression. Deep down we may see the summons to thanksgiving as pretty peripheral. Giving thanks — whoop dee doo — What really…Continue Reading
The Power of Prayer and Holy Brainstorming
Pastor John in 1981:
History has shown that God's way of stirring up his people to great acts of love and mission has often been to draw together a small praying band who lay themselves open to him and get…
Thanksgiving to the Glory of God
Since 1863, on the fourth Thursday of November, families and friends in the United States have gathered to commemorate an old tradition linked back to the early European settlers.
You know the story: The pilgrims and Native Americans came together…Continue Reading
When the Whispers of Discontent Have No Chance
As the father of a child with severe disabilities, one of the things I am asked frequently is "what can I do for you?" I can understand that. We are oriented toward action. And if we can’t be doing something…Continue Reading
Making the Most of Turkey Time: Thanksgiving on Mission
What if God had more for our kin this Thanksgiving than the Macy’s parade, tryptophan-induced naps, and NFL football? What if we saw our gatherings with extended family not as a chance to check out, but as an opportunity for…Continue Reading
"If You Are Thirsty, Come and Drink"
C. S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia, on Jill's thirst and search for water:
The birds had ceased singing and there was perfect silence except for one small, persistent sound, which seemed to come from a good distance away.…
Rob Not Your Heart of the Deep Sea Joys
In the history of the Christian Church there have been few people more eloquent than Charles Spurgeon. That makes his words about silence all the more striking.
Priceless as the gift of utterance may be, the practice of silence in…