Onesiphorus from 11th century Byzantine illuminated manuscript known as Menologion of Basil II (Vaticanus graecus 1613) picturing 70 disciples in Luke 10. (Wikimedia Commons) Betrayed and abandoned by those who should have been friends. Imprisoned in a foreign country on false charges and expecting execution. If there was ever a time for despair, this was… Continue reading Onesiphorus
I remember hearing one minister who preached twice and taught a class every Sunday morning talk about how tired he was Sunday afternoons. He said he usually didn’t even feel like eating Sunday dinner, and joked that his wife would spoon food the baby, then a bite for Dad, then the baby, then Dad. What… Continue reading The Isaiah 40 Response
We see crosses everyday. Gold embossed on leather book covers. Delicate silver necklaces, perhaps adorned with rhinestones or jewels. Wall decorations in the homes of Christians. Sometimes on the highway; always in churches. There are many types of crosses. The Greek cross has all four bars the same length. The Latin cross has a longer… Continue reading Take Up Your Cross and Follow Me
One of my adjusting to marriage surprises was how little importance my husband placed on holidays. His explanation that no amount of fuss on a special day could make up for not treating your family right every day in between seemed a little lame at the time. But I loved him and knew he loved… Continue reading One Man Esteems All Days Alike
My Dad made sure I knew how to take care of the car before I could get my driver’s license. He even watched as I changed a tire just to be sure that if I was ever by the side of the road with a flat, I would know what to do. He helped me… Continue reading Yet I Will Rejoice…
Did you ever notice how the people who seem to have the skills and resources to help in all sorts of situations never seem to see the needs around them? If someone asks them, they’re eager to help. But unless someone points out the need to them, they don’t seem to notice anything. They may… Continue reading Do You See What I See?
Words aren’t always adequate for expressing deep religious emotion. Sometimes a melody is required. Our favorite songs are often those that give voice to feelings we could not otherwise express. Singing along allows us to speak what is deep within. Listening to music can also invite us to feel a certain way. Movies use music… Continue reading Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise.
Let us continue giving thanks long after Thanksgiving Day has past. I am thankful for my husband Doug: his love for me and our children, his faith, and for his ability as a teacher of God’s Word. Today I reprint an article he wrote a few years ago for the Holland Church of Christ newsletter… Continue reading Give Thanks to God Always
“This church is just half-hearted--no enthusiasm. They’re lukewarm like the church at Laodicea.” But what did lukewarm mean? The verse says hot is good, cold is good, lukewarm is very bad. We tend to see lukewarm as meaning not particularly excited about or committed to the faith; hot as being “on fire for the Lord”;… Continue reading Lukewarm, neither Hot nor Cold…
One year when my young daughter was dealing with a difficult situation at school, I said “Have a good day!” as she left each morning. I wanted to send her off with a blessing, but she heard it very differently; she thought that if she didn’t have a good day, that she was being disobedient!… Continue reading Do not Grow Weary in Well-Doing