SINCE LAST SEPTEMBER, I’ve been a discussion leader in the Alpha evangelism program on Thursday nights at our church. It’s an international program that’s been around since 1990. You probably know about it. Each night participants streamed into the auditorium and made their way to their tables. Well, not all of them streamed-in. There were … Continue reading Gray-haired Heroes of Faith
People die without water. When someone is far beyond thirsty, a glass of water is worth more to them than all the world’s gold. At age 16, I got heat stroke in Florida...after fishing all day in the hot sun because I forgot to bring drinking water. That was just a single day. Water is … Continue reading Living Water – John 4:1-29
The Lord has placed people in our lives who, like John, Andrew, and Philip, introduced us to Jesus. Sometimes He sought us out, as He did Philip. In Christ, God called us saying, “Follow Me!” He already knew us before we followed Him. He still knows our thoughts, our character, the meditations of our heart, … Continue reading “Follow Me!” – John 1:35-51
Carolyn was distant, aloof, and alone in her far-off world. There were four of us who were her co-workers, but none of us, employed at this regional grocery retailer, was her friend. It wasn’t that she rebuffed our efforts to engage her in conversation, or that she was in a drugged induced haze. It was … Continue reading Saved from Suicide, Gifted with Tongues
Stomach flu, or gastroenteritis, is, to put it politely, unpleasant. I seemed to have suffered from it more often than other children. I dreaded the experience. No one, I’m sure, ever happily said, “I have a stomach flu and can’t wait for the finale.” But it appeared to affect me more severely than most. Fortunately, … Continue reading Oh God, HEAL ME!
“Pastor Rob, a man arrived requesting to talk with a minister,” my secretary announced one early Monday afternoon. I met Ted (not his real name) in the waiting room. He was clean cut and in his mid-thirties. I had just spent two hours helping sixteen people with food and other types of assistance. “This shouldn’t take long,” … Continue reading “Smack up against God’s grace”
Fantasy is popular today. There are fantasy movies, fantasy games, fantasy books, and of course fantasy football. We love it because anything goes. It’s all just made up. Worlds are created where anyone can do, or be, anything. The only rule is that there are no rules. And just when we assume there is a … Continue reading Intimacy with God: Give Thanks
Billy Joel’s song “The River of Dreams” vocalizes his heart’s deep longing for something. Something he thought he would never lose. Something undefined . . . but sacred. Something taken from his soul. “In the middle of the night” while he slept, says the singer, his heart went searching through fear, doubt, and truth. His mind … Continue reading The Heart’s Longing for God