stand up

Stand up

Read: 1 Kings 21:1-29 | Bible In A Year: Genesis 4:1-16 No one else so completely sold himself to what was evil in the Lord’s sight as Ahab did under the influence of his wife Jezebel. His worst outrage was worshiping idols (1 Kings 21:25-26). Evil doesn’t need numbers. History’s most horrific acts were committed by only a handful of perpetrators. These agents of evil didn’t persuade others to join in their sin; they only convinced them to go along. Most Germans didn’t hunt down and kill …

my word is my promise

My word is my promise

Read: Matthew 5:33-37 |  Bible In A Year: Genesis 2:15–3:24 Just say a simple, “Yes, I will,” or “No, I won’t.” Anything beyond this is from the evil one. Matthew 5:37 As an author, I’ve signed a few contracts. I’ve asked others to sign them too. What I dislike most about contracts is their endless clauses, spelled out in detailed legal jargon. It’s a litigious age. We’ve all heard of opportunistic folks, with well-paid lawyers, who find legal loopholes in such documents and cash in. So …

A tree planted by the waters

A Tree Planted by the Waters

Read: Jeremiah 17:1-8 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:26-50 He shall be like a tree planted by the waters . . . ; its leaf will be green. — Jeremiah 17:8 I have a friend who lives on a ranch in the wide-open spaces of Montana. The road to his home is a long trail that winds through the parched and barren landscape of the wilderness. As you drive toward his home, you can’t help but notice the contrasting strip of green trees and vibrant vegetation meandering through the ranch. …

What Money Can’t Buy

What Money Can’t Buy

Read: Ephesians 1:3-14 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. — Ephesians 1:7 “There are some things money can’t buy—but these days, not many” according to Michael Sandel, author of What Money Can’t Buy. A person can buy a prison-cell upgrade for $90 a night, the right to shoot an endangered black rhino for $250,000, and your doctor’s cell phone number for $1,500. It seems that “almost everything is …

Birthday Celebrations

Birthday Celebrations

Read: Psalm 71:5-18 | Bible in a Year: Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:1-28 By You I have been upheld from birth . . . My praise shall be continually of You. — Psalm 71:6 I used to love birthdays. I can still remember standing excitedly on our front porch waiting for my friends to show up for my 5th birthday party. I wasn’t just excited about the balloons, the gifts, and the cake. I was happy that I was no longer only 4! I was growing up. As I’ve gotten older, however, …

Chinese Proverbs

Chinese Proverbs

[cs_section id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false”][cs_row id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”true” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)”][cs_column id=”” class=”” style=”padding: 0px; ” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text id=”” class=”” style=”” text_align=””] Read: 2 Timothy 2:1-6 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 31-33; Matthew 22:1-22 Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. —1 Corinthians 15:58 Chinese proverbs are common and often have …

Battling Distractions

Battling Distractions

[cs_section id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)” parallax=”false”][cs_row id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”true” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)”][cs_column id=”” class=”” style=”padding: 0px; ” bg_color=”hsla(0, 0%, 100%, 0.74)” fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text id=”” class=”” style=”” text_align=””]Read: Luke 10:38-42 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 19-20; Matthew 18:21-35 Every day I drive the same highway to and from the office, and every day I see an alarming number of distracted drivers. Usually they’re talking on …

Strengthen My Hands

Strengthen My Hands

[cs_section id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” bg_color=”hsl(0, 52%, 36%)” parallax=”false”][cs_row id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”true” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)”][cs_column id=”” class=”” style=”padding: 0px; ” bg_color=”hsla(0, 0%, 100%, 0.74)” fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text id=”” class=”” style=”” text_align=””]Read: Nehemiah 6:1-9,15 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17 Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, is the man credited with making Singapore what it is today. During his leadership, Singapore grew to be rich and …

quiet rest

Quiet Rest

[cs_section id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” bg_color=”hsl(0, 52%, 36%)” parallax=”false”][cs_row id=”” class=” ” style=”margin: 0px auto; padding: 0px; ” visibility=”” inner_container=”false” marginless_columns=”true” bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 100%)”][cs_column id=”” class=”” style=”padding: 0px; ” bg_color=”hsla(0, 0%, 100%, 0.74)” fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″][cs_text id=”” class=”” style=”” text_align=””]Read: Mark 6:30-32 | Bible in a Year: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16 Some years ago my son Brian and I agreed to haul some equipment into an isolated Idaho backcountry ranch for a friend. There are no roads into …