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 […]

Earthquake Preparedness

It’s strange how we can repeatedly read a passage and miss a basic point. That happened to me with the story of Paul and Silas in prison when the earthquake struck. About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there came a great earthquake, […]

Belief and Unbelief on a Journey

Fifteen miles is a long way on a tired mount, especially when belief and unbelief are wrestling inside us. The royal official was riding through that transitional world between faith and sight that we all have to navigate. He had set off yesterday from Capernaum climbing the steep trail to Cana. Jesus was there and […]

A Picture of Spiritual Revival

A glorious sunrise or sunset includes several ingredients apart from the sun. It usually features an interesting foreground of rocks, plants, or wave patterns. Often the scene is of a stunning vista. In the most beautiful, sunlight bursts through clouds. Spiritual revival comes like a sunrise. Every revival is a unique combination of the sun […]

Classroom of Darkness

“Don’t go any further. We’re right on the edge of a cliff. This is not the right trail.” I hissed in frustration. My first day hiking the Pennine Way in England almost ended in disaster. I had set off from the valley trailhead in bright sunshine but near the top of the mountain the clouds […]

Choose Your Blessing

Blessings come in many flavors. Jacob received two in his life. The first came as the result of trickery encouraged by a spiritually weak mother. He disguised himself enough to fool his blind father, Isaac, into thinking that he was blessing his eldest son, Esau. Isaac spoke these words: Then his father Isaac said to […]