Who’s Calling? Not too many years ago, we had no idea who was calling when the phone rang, and the only option was to pick up the phone to find out. Now, the first thing we do when the phone rings is to look at caller id to see who it is. If it’s someone … More Who’s Calling?
From Darkness Into Light My great grandparents’ barn was large and spacious with some of the wooden siding slightly ajar. Wind blew through the cracks where the day light shone through, and the smell of hay and manure hung heavy in the air. As a child, I thought that the stable that Jesus was born … More From Darkness Into Light
Pilgrim’s Hope When the Pilgrims left England, they left with hope, not a promise. They knew there was a new world waiting for them, and between them and the new world was a very long journey. The foreign land would not be the England they left behind, but it offered the hope of practicing their … More Pilgrim’s Hope
Whose Report Will You Believe? Being a news junkie can get you into trouble. By now, we all know the term, “fake news.” It’s easy to see how anyone could be convinced of just about anything. Surfing news feeds or morning tv news channels will give you different accounts, all under the label of “news”. … More Whose Report Will You Believe?
Game Changer Most of the time, our days seem about the same. We get up, we go to work or school, and we repeat the same thing we did the day before with little variation. We even do the same things in the same way, sometimes because it’s a really good way to do it. … More Game Changer
Life Under Pressure Raw olives aren’t good for very much. If bitten right off the tree, your mouth puckers from the bitterness. Raw, most people would consider olives inedible. With refining, however, the olive becomes not only useful, but treasured for its goodness. In ancient times, olives were refined by a massive stone wheel that … More Life Under Pressure
Uniquely Yours Fingerprints are uniquely ours. Long before the use of DNA, fingerprints were needed for some jobs that required security clearance or in the case of a crime, prints were used to support innocence or guilt. God gave us that swirl pattern, and there’s not another like it. Our relationship with God is like … More Uniquely Yours
Healing Springs Frigid water. Clear, icy cold water spilling across the rocks, pooled in a smooth nature-made basin just waiting for the thirsty to come and drink. That was what was known as the healing springs. As a child, my interest in the spring water wasn’t medicinal. It was the simple delight of plunging hot, … More Healing Springs
Lessons from a Grape On a sunny afternoon, I watched a precious little boy with cherub-chubby cheeks bite into the first of the grapes that were in his container. His lips smacked as he enjoyed the sweetness of the grape. About the time that he reached for the second grape, his face screwed into a … More Lessons from a Grape
Containers Spilling out of the mountain, the clear, frigid water pooled at the base of the rocks in a natural basin that had been worn smooth by centuries of swiftly flowing water. Locally, this spring was said to have healing properties, and because of it, people came not just to drink, but to bottle up … More Containers