Anger and Violence

What do you think? Are anger and violence expressions of power or of weakness? Moses explosive outburst against an Egyptian slave-driver was about as fruitful as an expensive firework. The loss of a taskmaster didn’t weaken pharaoh. The Hebrews sneered. Moses ran for his life. How counterproductive our self-efforts can be! Now it came about […]

Clearing Cluttered Hearts

Few of us have much understanding of farming conditions in Israel. In many countries, we see vast fields surrounded by tidy fences or hedges. Crops grow in an almost sterile environment with hardly a weed visible. Rarely does the plough encounter a stone larger than a potato. One summer I worked on a typical farm […]

Ears to Hear

Whenever I go to a doctor I expect a diagnosis before any treatment. I dislike taking medicine just to alleviate symptoms. Treat the underlying condition and the symptoms will vanish. Similarly, it is important to understand the roots of spiritual deafness and blindness so that full health can be restored. One of the main reasons […]

The Parable of Parables

Story time was over. The keel of the fishing boat ground into the gravel along the shore and the men stopped rowing. Jesus climbed over the side and paddled to the beach. As He and the disciples gathered their gear and prepared to go back to the house to rest, one of the disciples raised […]

Wild Butterflies

I have often wondered why there is confusion in the Christian life between what God does for us and our own continuous struggle. Paul’s words to the Philippians capture the tension well: Work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to […]

Only Angel Worship?

We saw His star in the east, and have come to worship Him. (Matt. 2:2) Have you ever worshiped a baby? I mean really worshiped one? Probably not. Of course, babies have a certain wondrous charm and innocence. What facial contortions and strange noises we are prepared to make to elicit a simple response like […]

Pre-Natal Care

At this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. (Luke 1:39-41) Faith is delicate. Dry gusts of cynicism and rationalization […]

Focused Faith

Answering [Bartimaeus], Jesus said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And the blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road. (Mark 10:51-52) Jesus’ question to Bartimaeus, the blind beggar of Jericho, […]

Smart Intercession

The crack of the Challenger tank’s gun startled me; so did its accuracy. On the hillside about a mile away, a bright flash, followed by a black cloud, engulfed an old car. I would not want to be on the receiving end of such formidable weaponry. But I was a guest at an army firepower […]