When I was 15, my pastor challenged me to pray for 15 minutes a day for three weeks: 5 minutes for myself, 5 minutes for the youth group and 5 minutes for the church. I went into a room, shut the door, closed my eyes and prayed for everything (and everyone) I could think of. After what felt like an eternity I peeked at the clock. I had prayed one minute. … Continue reading
Yesterday I stumbled across a passage I’ve read several times, but I noticed something I’d never noticed before. It started off the way I remember: “Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. Bel and Nebo are the names of two gods of Babylon, a powerful nation that conquered the known world, including Israel and Judah–God’s chosen people. Babylon seemed … Continue reading Who’s carrying who?
Anyone out there a planner? Me too. When it comes to fun, planning is half of it. Or more than half. I spend more time than I’d care to admit online, planning things. There are vacations, outings, birthdays, holidays. The list goes on. Most of the time this is great. Planning is necessary and the Internet is a creative source to rev up my idea bank. But … Continue reading Making plans without God
If you could ask Jesus one question, what would you ask? A man who had the envious combination of youth, wealth and power had the opportunity to ask Jesus his burning question: “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Let’s follow along and see what happened. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.” But to answer your question, … Continue reading Young, rich and powerful–what more could he want?
There are things that look hopeless, desperate and almost dead. That was the way an apple tree in my yard looked the last couple years. When I looked up possible diseases I found one which seemed to match this tree’s symptoms: fire blight. About a half of the leaves looked like they had been in a forest fire: dead, scorched and withered. Some of the … Continue reading Faith like apples
I realize that it’s been a couple weeks since we returned from Ukraine, but I’d like to “backblog” about our rental car experience because it just once again confirms that reality is much more interesting than fiction. To start with, we tried to pray about our trip to the Ukraine–where to stay, what to do, etc. It’s one thing to talk about being led by … Continue reading How to lose a rental car