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That’s My Beautiful Bride, Daddy!

That’s My Beautiful Bride, Daddy!

That He might present her to Himself a glorious church [bride], not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. (Ephesians 5:27, brackets added)  Their courtship was long and difficult—but well worth the wait. He loved...

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What You Can Learn From My Limp

What You Can Learn From My Limp

So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched. And he was limping because of his hip. (Genesis 32:24-25, 31 / NIV) Dad was a...

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God, Please Make My Will Your Will

God, Please Make My Will Your Will

Pray for us to the Lord your God, that the Lord your God may show us the way in which we should walk and the thing we should do. Whether it is pleasing or displeasing, we will obey the voice of the Lord our God. (Jeremiah 42:2-3, 6 / NKJV) “God, please tell me or show...

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C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!

To give them…the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the...

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What’s Choking Your Harvest?

What’s Choking Your Harvest?

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19). Is something choking your spiritual life? In the...

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The Loving Touch of Pruning

The Loving Touch of Pruning

Every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  (John 15:2) When I prune a tree or bush I don’t care about, I quickly use the hedge clippers to cut it back without a second thought. When it comes to a special tree, my pruning is more strategic...

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The Problem with Unconditional Love

The Problem with Unconditional Love

For God so loved the world… (John 3:16) The problem with unconditional love is the tendency to take it for granted. If I have to behave a certain way or do certain things to deserve the love I receive, I will undoubtedly try harder to please the one who loves me. But...

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One Final Round

One Final Round

The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. (I Corinthians 15:26) Whether it is golf, boxing, exercise, or even life itself, the final round can be a brutal but welcome event. I’ve never boxed, but I have played golf. Whether it was a great day of incredibly lucky...

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