It was a long prayer list. One awaiting a transplant, a newborn with serious difficulties, those injured in a fatal car accident in addition to several with chronic health difficulties and the expected seasonal illnesses. It took several minutes just to read the list before the fellow making announcements offered a brief closing prayer which… Continue reading Continue Steadfastly in Prayer
When early Christians gathered for a weekly memorial of Christ’s death, they came together not on the day of his death, but on the day of his resurrection. The commemoration of His sacrifice which brings forgiveness of sins does not focus only on sin and death, but on new life. We must acknowledge our sins… Continue reading But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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
“…for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” If one is not used to time alone with God, then an extended time of solitude meant for prayer and meditation on the Word may… Continue reading The 1st Timothy 4:8 Exercise Plan
When I was young, I often heard it said that the reason for coming to church was to “get one’s cup filled” for the week. It was a nice picture—life can be draining, but the Sunday assembly will fill you up again. This idea usually went unchallenged. But as I matured, I learned two things… Continue reading My Cup Overflows