Trusting God in Times of Sorrow

When a man known as “Papa John” learned he had terminal cancer, he and his wife, Carol, sensed God calling them to share their illness journey online. Believing that God would minister through their vulnerability, they posted their moments of joy and their...

Verse of the Day – John 7:27

“But we know where this man is from; when the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”—John 7:27Thoughts on Today’s Verse…God in human flesh is how John 1:14 describes Jesus, God’s ultimate message (cf. Heb. 1:1-3). Of...

Cultivating God’s World

“Dad, why do you have to go to work?” The question from my young daughter was motivated by her desire to play with me. I would have preferred to skip work and spend time with her, but there was a growing list of things at work that required my attention....

Verse of the Day – Deuteronomy 7:26

Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.—Deuteronomy 7:26Thoughts on Today’s Verse…A little corruption, a little poison, and...

Betrayed

In 2019, art exhibitions worldwide commemorated the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. While many of his drawings and scientific discoveries were showcased, there are only five finished paintings universally credited to da Vinci, including...

Verse of the Day – Acts 7:25

Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not.—Acts 7:25Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Timing is everything. Well, not everything, but an important thing. God’s plan and power provide us with...

Plod On!

God loves to use people the world might overlook. William Carey was raised in a tiny village in the 1700s and had little formal education. He had limited success in his chosen trade and lived in poverty. But God gave him a passion for sharing the good news and called...

Verse of the Day – Romans 7:24-25

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!—Romans 7:24-25Thoughts on Today’s Verse…Our bodies are mortal and flawed. They are tainted with our weakness and sin. But,...

His Scars

After my conversation with Grady, it occurred to me why his preferred greeting was a “fist bump” not a handshake. A handshake would’ve exposed the scars on his wrist—the result of his attempts to do himself harm. It’s not uncommon for us...

Verse of the Day – Ezekiel 7:23

“Prepare chains, because the land is full of bloodshed and the city is full of violence.”—Ezekiel 7:23Thoughts on Today’s Verse…God hates it when the innocent are afflicted with violence and bloodshed. He hates evil and political...