In the Beginning Was the Word…

John 1:1-5 Ever notice from an airplane window the forests down below? The trees seem to be hundreds of small solid shapes. They appear from a distance that we might be able to glide down to them, and possibly make a soft landing on the treetops. But we know better,...

Typhoon Haiyan

Micah 5:2, 4-5a It was a no-brainer. If you sell Toyota cars, you have to drive the newest model. If you work at Brooks Brothers, you have to wear – well, you get the picture. So after a year of working at ChildFund, when a co-worker came to me and asked if my family...

Anticipation and Redemption

Jeremiah 31: 31, 33-34 “The days are surely coming…” the passage begins. As we read these words today, the days are surely coming. The first week of Advent is drawing to a close, and the anticipation is building. We know the magnificent gift that is coming, yet how...

“This Little Light of Mine”

Isaiah 60:1-3 “This Little Light of Mine” is a favorite chorus. I sang it as a child and it ingrained in me the thought of lights shining even in times of darkness. Dark times come to all our lives, but our dependence on God can help us go on. Being a double amputee,...

Words of Hope for Tumultuous Times

Isaiah 9:2-5 Writing the midst of a spiritually and politically tumultuous time, Isaiah doesn’t say that the world is basically a good place and because of that everything will be OK. His faith is much more realistic because it is beaten out between the hammer and...

Christmas in July

Isaiah 7:14 Well then, the Lord will himself give you a sign: a young woman who is pregnant will have a son and will name him Immanuel. As I write this it’s mid-July and another in a string of days with temperatures in the mid-90’s. With the exception of a few...