Silence

Silence

The fruit of [God’s] righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17) Silence is golden—except on an elevator. There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that prohibits talking in elevators. An uneasy, awkward...
God Wants to Know – Part 7

God Wants to Know – Part 7

When Jesus saw him lying there … he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Picture yourself walking through a hospital, surrounded by sick, hurting and scared people. Some have been recently admitted; others have been there days, possibly weeks. Now imagine...
Transforming a Troubled Mind

Transforming a Troubled Mind

What troubles your mind today? What distressing thoughts or concerns are stealing your peace and joy? Poor self-image? Negative self-defeatism? A wayward child? A prodigal past? Unanswered prayers? God’s silence in the midst of your storms? Job stress or possible...
Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.(Ephesians 2:10, NLT) We are all brushstrokes in God’s overall masterpiece. Admittedly, I’m no artist. At best, I can conjure up some...
God’s Amazing Work of Transformation

God’s Amazing Work of Transformation

Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6, NIV) Sanding and refinishing an old piece of furniture takes time and effort – but the final product is astonishing. Yesterday...
Do Things Really Work for Good?

Do Things Really Work for Good?

It is truly amazing how some people’s lives are miraculously turned around through some series of events, some spiritual insight, some seemingly random occurrences, or some unexplained hardships. It may not feel like it as we go through it all, but we can find on the...