Opening Up the Best Known Verse in the Bible

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 The following diagram of John 3:16 was shared by James Montgomery Boice in a devotional called How Great Thou Art. It gives perspective to the simple […]

At 70 John Piper Doubles Down

    This is a lazy Saturday morning!   Saturday’s are different if you’re retired. You don’t have to cram errands and household chores into a few hours of your free time.  You can go to the cleaners at 2:22 PM on Tuesday or hit Trader Joe’s Thursday at 3:07 PM before the moms arrive […]

My NYR List For A Better 2016!

Is it possible you can make 2016 a better year by creating a list of New Year’s Resolutions?   I don’t know, but I’m gonna try. Whether you see it as motivation, inspiration, or an exercise in futility—The New Year’s Resolutions List has made its annual appearance here there and everywhere.  That’s a Beatles reference […]

Lessons From A Child On Sharing Your Faith

We all have flaws.  His was that he was a leper. But this story isn’t about him, it’s about her. About a little girl child, part of the spoils of war, who without hostility or bitterness, without meanness or vengeful spite wanted to see him healed. How does a child, abducted from her family and […]

Does Your Bible Reading Kindle a Fire in Your Heart?

  What would it be like if Jesus led your personal Bible reading/study time?   In a word—awesome!   When it happened to a couple of  bummed out disciples walking along a dusty road to Emmaus, they said “. . .our hearts burned within us while he talked to us on the road, while He […]

I Want A Designer Label On My Life

The thing that distinguishes an artist is the ability to appreciate the potential for beauty in things usually overlooked or discarded. This quirky piece of art sits along Interstate 5 south of Stockton. On a cloudy January day it was strangely beautiful standing in relief against the wintery yellow field and a foggy shroud of […]

Finding The Place Where The Light Comes In

  God does work in strange ways.   At least in my life. Strange, but disguised as natural.  In this case He has held in reserve for the perfect time a needed word and then delivered it at the time when it would have maximum impact for heart comfort, mind clarity, and soul peace. I […]

I Must Not Be Doing Christian Right.

  It seems like it should be easier after 43 years. I must not be doing Christian right. Shouldn’t I continually feel God’s presence and absolutely know His ‘perfect’ will by now?  Why don’t I pray without ceasing? Why don’t I live a more selfless life?  These are the questions I can waste a lot […]

When I Pray Like A Toddler God Still Hears

  Today I had a revelation in my prayer time.   I kept drifting off topic. Roaming around my invisible prayer list and touching each person or need like a toddler playing with toys strewn across the floor. And moving from praying to just thinking! Forgetting altogether that I was having a conversation with God […]