We all have experienced shame at one time or another, but for many in our world today, it is a lifelong companion. Even for those of us who have surrendered our lives to the Lord, shame often lurks in the shadows, waiting to shipwreck faith, destroy relationships and ruin lives. For many, that shame isContinue Reading »
How often are we frustrated with our government? Do you ever despair over the direction your government goes? When chaos erupts, pandemic strikes, poverty increases, home prices are out of reach, health care seems only for the well-off, and unemployment rises, we expect our governments to have an answer. Looking around at the current stateContinue Reading »
I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not stand with Israel and the Jewish people. My connection and involvement with Bridges for Peace now span two decades, and may God grant me many more years of pioneering and sowing into this holy calling. Yet, when I survey the Jewish community inContinue Reading »
It seems that no matter how hard we try, we can’t find a way to talk about our lives these days without COVID-19 taking center stage. We are now more than halfway through 2021, and the picture is changing as the world slowly comes to life, rather like a bear awakening from a long winter’sContinue Reading »
My parents and grandparents were brought up in an era when great revivals were sweeping across the United States. In large part, they sprang out of the Holiness Movement. Men and women with a deep hunger for God and His ways dedicated themselves to prayer and holy living. In the midst of their intensive prayerContinue Reading »
As we are nearly halfway through the year, I can’t help but reflect on the changes that 16 months of the pandemic have wrought on humanity. We have isolated and quarantined, worn masks and gloves, washed our hands more times in a year than in the rest of our lifetimes combined and made sure thatContinue Reading »
What is the value of a child? To any moral person of conscience, the answer is infinite value or priceless. A civilization that does not value children will fail, collapse and perish. A child holds infinite possibilities for the future. When one looks at a helpless baby, one naturally wonders what this child is goingContinue Reading »
One of the greatest leaders in all of history is Moses. He was chosen by God to lead the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt to becoming a nation. Author Michael Shapiro wrote a book called The Jewish 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Jews of All Time. He gives the number oneContinue Reading »
As I recently stood in front of the masked and socially distanced congregation I had been invited to address, my very first words were: “Knock, knock.” When I extended the microphone toward the audience, they obediently and in unison responded: “Who’s there?” “No one,” I replied. “We are all quarantining.” My attempt at humor wasContinue Reading »
Recently I embarked on what may be a lifelong project. I want to write a short devotional for every chapter in the Bible. While I think this is mainly for me personally as part of my devotional time with the Lord, I wanted to share my thoughts for the first six chapters in Genesis withContinue Reading »
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