Humans and Their Work

“Some men do their lifework as if every join were stiff with rheumatism, or as if they were exuding some adhesive viscus, making their snail progress as painful as it is slow. Others are somnambulists, looking for something and forgetting what they seek; not able to find their tools; always late, buying their ticket after […]

The God of Whatever Chances

“The Devil will tell us that we have sinned and can never go back; but God is the God of new beginnings. Someone has said that he is the God of the second chance. But he is even more gracious than this. He is the God, not merely of the second chance, but of the […]

New Year’s Resolutions

I love New Year’s resolutions! “Love” may be an understatement. The new year always brings promises of hope, saying goodbye to the past, and turning over a new leaf. Every year I get a strong reminder of the gospel: the past is gone, the future is bright, God still has a plan for my life […]


When I was a kindergartener, I toyed around briefly – and somewhat seriously – with the possibility that my parents were not really my parents, but actually aliens. Or robots. I had the sneaking suspicion that one day I would be going about my normal 4-year-old business, and I would see my mom or dad […]

What is of Greater Value?

When we hold an offense against someone or put conditions on forgiving someone saying “all will be forgiven if this injustice or that injustice is rectified”, we are telling God “I care more about receiving justice rather than forgiving and loving unconditionally like you ask”.  In other words, we are saying “I care more about […]

Justice & Forgiveness

The thing about the forgiveness, which is necessary for reconciliation, that we as humans have such a hard time with is that it isn’t “just.” We are wired to want to see justice fulfilled. If we have been wronged we feel as though we have a right to see justice.  Forgiveness contradicts that and says […]

Fruit vs Root

As we die to self and begin abiding in Christ to greater degrees we should see ourselves more and more oftenresponding in the Spirit rather than reacting in the flesh.  This is manifest in what the scriptures call the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, […]

Death to Self

As we come to know this awesome God and serve Jesus there comes a call to die-to-self as seen through many passages such as Luke 9:23, “If anyone would come after me he must first deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me.” For any Christian this is a much easier quoted passage […]

Do You Really Love?

Jesus said, “and this is how you will be known as my disciples, if you love one another.” Jesus also said, “if you love me you will obey my commandments” and He made it clear that the two greatest commandments were to “Love the Lord your God with all of our heart, mind, soul and […]