John 4:29 Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? The account of the woman at the well is a familiar one, but verse 29 mystified me for the longest time. So, I prayed and asked God to help me understand it better. This woman … Continue reading Like the Woman at the Well
God, save us from our friends!
Rumors are like partially melted butter. They spread easily and people like them even though it's not good for them.
Still a Brother
Restoring and helping a brother in trouble is task for the spiritually mature.
Taste and See
Have you ever been to a restaurant and tried something that was so good you just had to tell your friends about it? The problem is that when you did, your words just could not fully convey the experience. Finally, you said: “You have to try it for yourself and you’ll see!” The Psalmist was … Continue reading Taste and See
As a mature believer, I have the liberty to love my Christian brothers and sisters enough not to provoke them.
Misplaced Confidence in God
There was this one time when I lost my glasses. Well, at least I thought I’d lost my glasses, and I was looking everywhere trying to find them until one of my kids said: “Dad, you’re wearing them!” To which I said: “No wonder I could see so clearly to find them.” Sometimes we “misplace” … Continue reading Misplaced Confidence in God
Adjusting Your Sense of Scale
In digital photography, there is a technique called “tilt-shifting” where a picture of a real-life scene is made to look like a photograph of a model. The key to getting this to work effectively is to blur those things that your eye naturally uses to get a sense of scale. Sometimes, when we have a … Continue reading Adjusting Your Sense of Scale
As a blessing to the Philippians, Paul sends to them two men whom he considers kindred spirits: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy’s trip is short term. Paul sends him as a liaison to comfort the Philippians on Paul’s status and to report back to Paul on the Philippians’ status: But I trust in the Lord Jesus … Continue reading Kindred Spirits
If love were a profile on a dating site, would you recognize it?
In his remembrance of the Philippians’ faith, Paul prays that their love would abound. Increased love in the world is something everyone wants to see. It’s also something everyone thinks they understand, but Paul’s understanding of what love is goes completely against how the world recognizes it. If you follow Hallmark’s or Hollywood’s description of … Continue reading If love were a profile on a dating site, would you recognize it?