Jesus Wept. (Jn. 11:35). One of my favorite quotes by G.K. Chesterton goes something like this: “The surest way to love anything is to remember that at any moment it might be lost.”
I try to remember that quote daily. It’s especially handy when it comes to loving my wife on those days when she can be a little hard to love. And, knowing that she never has any need of remembering it since I’m rarely hard to love brings me smug satisfaction.
While visiting Sheryl’s mom recov
Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master (Rom. 6:23, The Message). I haven’t told many people this—but the fact is … I’m dying. I have a terminal illness that will result in my death. The reason I haven’t told many people about my terminal condition is simply because everyone has the same illness. It’s called sin. I often talk with people, and when the subject of death comes up, I’ll
Ecclesiastes 3 starts this way, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven.” When Randy Barnett, a high school friend, invited me to his church to hear his youth choir sing back in 1973, I never dreamed at 17 years old that would be the beginning of my relationship with Jesus. When, in that same year, I asked Sheryl Rose, a fellow drummer in the high school band to go out with me, I never dreamed we’d eventually get married. There’s something
“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 In the opening chapter of his good book, “How Happiness Happens”, author Max Lucado says this: “The motto on the front door (of happiness) says ‘Happiness happens when you get.’ The sign on the les
“God has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 There’s a McDonalds near my house whose drive-through is often staffed by a young lady that tells every customer to “Have a beautiful day.” Every time I go through her line, I get the same greeting, “Thank you, have a beautiful day.” I love that. One day I asked her, “Hey, what’s your name?”, “Trinity”, she answered. “That is a beautiful name”, I said, “thanks for wishing me a beautiful day every time I co
And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:33-49 I’ve never really been much of a Lent observer. I mean, I know about the Lenten season and I sometimes attend an Ash Wednesday service. But as far as observing Lent like some of my friends do: fasting, prayer, daily readings, I don’t really do that. Maybe I should. I’ve been seriously considering fasting taxes this year.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Luke 12:34 A few years ago, on the morning of February 1st, my wife and I had a full-blown argument. I don’t remember what it was about, but I was convinced it was all her fault. That is until she stormed out of the house slamming the front door behind her on her way to teach middle school students how to read. I started to feel a sense of regret and guilt and realized that this argument was mostly my fault. I n
I have two friends who do not know each other, but they have three things in common. They’re both men, neither is a Christian, and they both have girls’ names. I’m using their real names because there’s not a chance either one will ever read this. Chris is 32, never married, no children and asked if I’d meet with him to talk about Jesus…who he doesn’t believe in. Shawn is 49, divorced with 3 grown children and volunteered to teach me how to repair and rebuild bicycles. I mee