Verse of the Day – Romans 8:3-4

For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be...

The Battleā€™s Over. Really.

For twenty-nine years after World War II ended, Hiroo Onoda hid in the jungle, refusing to believe his country had surrendered. Japanese military leaders had dispatched Onoda to a remote island in the Philippines (Lubang) with orders to spy on the Allied forces. Long...

Verse of the Day – Romans 8:2

… through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.—Romans 8:2Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Praise God! We are delivered from law-keeping and enabled to live out the will of God in our lives by the power...

Kind Correction

The early spring weather was refreshing and my traveling companion, my wife, couldn’t have been better. But the beauty of those moments together could have quickly morphed into tragedy if it weren’t for a red and white warning sign that prompted me I was...

Verse of the Day – Psalm 8:1

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.—Psalm 8:1Thoughts on Today’s Verse…These two concepts seem to be contradictory, or at least unconnected. On the one hand, God’s name is...

A Divine Duet

At a children’s music recital, I watched a teacher and student seat themselves in front of a piano. Before their duet began, the teacher leaned over and whispered some last-minute instructions. As music flowed from the instrument, I noticed that the student...

Verse of the Day – 1 Corinthians 7:31

For this world in its present form is passing away.—1 Corinthians 7:31Thoughts on Today’s Verse…This often repeated theme in the New Testament and from the lips of Jesus should be the great reminder that we shouldn’t spend our lives working for...

Shining Light

I felt nervous about a five-week prayer class I agreed to teach at a local church. Would the students like it? Would they like me? My anxiety was ill-focused, leading me to over-prepare lesson plans, video slides, and class handouts. Yet with a week to go, I still...

Verse of the Day – John 7:30-31

At this they tried to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come. Still, many in the crowd put their faith in him. They said, “When the Christ comes, will he do more miraculous signs than this man?”—John...

Touch the Needy

It wasn’t surprising when Mother Teresa received the Nobel Peace Prize. True to form, she received the award “in the name of the hungry, of the naked, of the homeless, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for...