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A Better Plan

“Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” (Isaiah 25:1, New International Version – UK) Babe number three was expected almost any day. If she would just cooperate and arrive a few days early, like her siblings,…

Baby Skunks

“…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…” (Hebrews 12:2, New American Standard Bible) One morning Ellen* opened her front door to find two baby skunks on her lawn. Frightened, with tails raised the youngsters nervously backed away. Of course, backing up they were unable to see where they were going. They…

Big Hairy Scary Giants

“‘Do not fear, only believe.’” (Mark 5:36, English Standard Version) Another restless night. Forgive me, Lord. After several days – maybe even a couple weeks – focusing on You, resting in Your peace (mostly), I fell off the wagon – again. Frustrated by another’s reluctance to set aside pride, I reverted to imagining the worst…

Olympic Gold

“…walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him….” (Colossians 1:10, Christian Standard Bible) His daughter, Chloe Kim, had just won the Olympic* Gold Medal for Snowboarding’s Halfpipe. The Olympic Gold Medal … at only17! A photographer snapped a picture of Jong-Jin Kim side hugging the bronze medalist’s father, a look of pure joy reflected…

Bold Obedience

“…the sons of Israel started out boldly, in the sight of all the Egyptians.” NASB The “Big Game” was over; the underdogs won. By anyone’s standards, it was a good game. The underdogs (who had never won a “Big Game”) met the five-time winner and was ahead more than three-quarters of the game. While the…

Idols

“‘You shall not make for yourself an idol… You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God….’” Deuteronomy 5: 8a &9a&b. (NASB) Idols. We think they’re easy to spot. In this country, we typically don’t carve them from wood or mold them from metal. We (think)…

A New Year

“‘…Be strong … and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God…is with you.’” 1 Chronicles 28:20b A new year. A long time ago I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions for two reasons: First, if it was important enough to make a resolution to do it, I needed to do it today,…

Complicating Faith

Complicating Faith “But overhearing what they said, Jesus said … ‘Do not fear, only believe.’” Mark 5:36 (NRSV) As I deal with the almost overwhelming “what if’s” of the day I am reminded of something our pastor said: “Sometimes we just need to trust and not complicate our faith.” How do I complicate my faith?…

Going Where the Road Stops

“…so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid….’” Hebrews 13:6 NASB I heard an advertisement for a missions group that provides food for the hungry in very remote areas. Their motto is “We go where the road stops.” They travel many miles into isolated regions to feed people…