Tonight is the last night of 2010. Some places in the world are already in the new year. I wonder what it was like in biblical times when a year drew to a close. What did the people do? Did they celebrate the new year? My family and I are thankful to God for bringing … More Another Year
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words (names) will never harm me.” This could not be further from the truth. Words harm. They hurt. They sting. They destroy. They can build up or tear down. They can encourage or discourage. They can heal or they can hurt. The Bible has many things to … More Words
On Christmas Eve there were a few movies following the birth of Christ. As we watched them, I couldn’t help thinking about how difficult it must have been for Mary when she became pregnant while she was betrothed to Joseph at a time when a woman was stoned to death for committing adultery. No one … More The Nativity
A few evenings ago our toddler and I were singing Christmas songs. The one he liked the best was “The Little Drummer Boy”, especially the “pa rum pum pum pum” part. I never really paid attention to the lyrics until then and what stood out for me was when the little drummer boy said, Baby … More What’s Your Gift?
There are two stories I read where I noticed that when Jesus healed the sick, they did one of two things–they served Him and they followed Him. Once Jesus changed their lives, they could be held down. They couldn’t stay still. They had to do something. They had to show their gratitude and indebtedness to Him for restoring … More Up and About
Today I was reading about Jairus who went to Jesus to plead with Him to heal his gravely ill daughter. Jesus was on His way to Synagogue ruler’s home when an ill woman touched the hem of His robe. Jesus stopped to inquire who touched Him and the woman came forward. While Jesus spoke to … More Believe in Jesus
“Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name” (Exodus 20:7). Not only are we supposed to respect God but His name too. When Jesus taught the disciples to pray, the prayer began with the words, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed … More Misusing God’s Name