December 11, 2013
In the evening, when the sun is setting and the tasks of the day are done, I have a sense of joyful anticipation. I await a phone call from my sister in Christ, Olga, and ...
Through the Best and the Worst
December 10, 2013
Are they blessings or a series of miracles? My wife, Pat, and I feel certain about one thing: the events of the past two years of our lives were not coincidences. We were engaged to ...
The Fire Within
December 09, 2013
This past year, I found myself answering people’s questions with snappy words. Every time someone talked to me, I replied with a smart remark, which often resulted in an argument. The harsh words I said ...
2nd Sunday of Advent
December 08, 2013
Every summer when I was a child, my family drove from Texas to North Carolina to attend a family reunion. Much of the journey was enjoyably scenic; but the first 550 miles were on an ...
Learn from the Master
December 07, 2013
Recently, I attended my first Christian writers’ conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It was a wonderful experience, meeting other writers and learning from some of the best professionals in the publishing ...
A Change of Habit
December 06, 2013
After deciding to follow Jesus, I am disappointed to find myself still wallowing in habits that are not part of this new life. Despite my best efforts, old tendencies still linger and trip me up. ...
A Holy Comforter
December 05, 2013
The farmhouse where I grew up was cold and drafty. I slept upstairs, and the only heat came through a floor register from a wood stove in the room below. But during the night the ...
A Beautiful Blend
December 04, 2013
My government job requires occasional travel to neighboring counties. A stringed instrument junkie, I rarely embark on a journey without packing some driving music. Lively traditional music helps me stay alert and makes the time ...
The Source of the Gift
December 03, 2013
God chose to come to earth in the form of a human baby. How awesome! Instead of coming full-grown and in a dramatic fashion, as a superhero, Christ came quietly into the world in the ...
Carrying God’s Word
December 02, 2013
Several years ago, someone brought me a Bible from another city. I really loved it because it was small, light, and easy to carry with me. However, often after church or a small group meeting, ...
1st Sunday of Advent
December 01, 2013
I could not bring myself to say, “Merry Christmas.” I knew my friend’s Christmas would be overshadowed by concern for her child. As we sang “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” about Israel’s mourning in exile ...
First Things First
November 30, 2013
Like many children, I tried to apply my own sense of order to my life. What was wrong with having at least a taste of dessert before the meat and vegetables? Why couldn’t homework come ...
Ready to Share
November 29, 2013
We were visiting churches that support us in our mission ministry. For one meal, our hostess and her husband prepared delicious waffles with a sourdough starter that she had kept for 44 years. It was ...
Grateful for Grace
November 28, 2013
As a municipal prosecutor, I often review requests to seal the record of someone convicted of a criminal offense. Records are sealed (removed from public access) at the discretion of the court. One question on ...
November 27, 2013
Through the years I’ve learned that making gratitude lists helps me stay more positive. I use the alphabet, thanking God for something that begins with each letter. Sometimes I thank God for people from the ...
November 26, 2013
In high school I excelled in drama, public speaking, and English. However, for the last eight years I have worked in a steel-welding shop of 30 employees. A career in steelwork was never in my ...
November 25, 2013
As a child growing up in Michigan, I looked forward to snow in winter. I would get bundled up, go out into the crisp, cold air, and make snow angels. Then, I would come back ...
November 24, 2013
The contrast could not have been sharper between the Sunday morning sermon we heard and the television show my daughters and I watched later that afternoon. In the morning, we heard how impressed the prophet ...
Don’t Get Too Comfortable
November 23, 2013
The hunt for our first house stretched out for months. My wife and I scoured realty magazines and websites. We surfed by, drove by, and walked through dozens of potential homes. The red house we ...
A Nourishing Gift
November 22, 2013
Recently I took in my car for some repairs. Because I didn’t know how long the work would take, I had brought along a copy of El Aposento Alto (the Spanish edition of The Upper ...