Children meticulously check off the days as their Christmas excitement builds. Perhaps a little door is opened on the Advent calendar or a token is moved one step closer to December 25th as the days drag by. For those little ones the time before Christmas seems to crawl. For adults, though, busy with bulging “To […]
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What I see, think, and feel when I study God’s Word.
Granddaughter Fern arrived for an overnight visit with Grandpa and Gramma. She can reach the doorbell button now and usually takes great delight in pressing that device multiple times, but on this occasion Fern had a singular mission. She wanted Grandpa. As Gramma opened the door Fern darted across the threshold and burst into a […]
Our family gathered recently to celebrate a birthday and though it was not her special day, granddaughter Fern held Grandpa’s attention most of the evening. With her new words, her animal sounds matched to the correct plastic beasts, and her repertoire of musical tunes, I could not take in all the wonders Fern shared. And […]
Junk mail arrives in my mailbox nearly every day—requests for contributions from charities I never heard of, coupons for the latest whimsical restaurants, deals supposedly too good to pass up on home services, even advertisements for the best private academies to give a potential John Jr. the best start in life. And then I sometimes […]
The New Testament teaches that God has placed within each believer one or more spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are abilities given by the Holy Spirit for the believer to use in ministering to the body of Christ. The gifts are only effective when we utilize them in service of others. The greatest happiness, the […]
Among the closest followers of Jesus there existed an ongoing debate about who would be the greatest in the coming kingdom. James and John attempted an end run around the other disciples, and in a semi-private session with Jesus they asked specifically for the top two slots (Mark 10:35-37). Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 20:20-21) shares the […]