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“Why did God create?…God was not inwardly lonely or personally empty; He was entirely self-satisfied, self-content, and self-contained. So God did not create because of some limitation within Himself… He created everything out of nothing in order to put His … Continue reading
Chosen by God to be part of His story: Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the Magi. And now Simeon. Simeon, not spoken to by God in a dream, as the Magi were. Not spoken to by angels as Zechariah, … Continue reading
I watched the three of them. One with porcelain beauty, shy, reserved, made nervous by my boisterous veneer and hard-partying reputation. One a song-bird, singing and humming her way through Christian tunes I didn’t quite recognize. I remember thinking she seemed to … Continue reading
“Fathers and mothers are the most natural agents for God to use in the salvation of their children. I am sure that, in my early youth, no teaching ever had such an impression upon my mind as the instruction of … Continue reading
Misty morning sunlight, glistening on blankets of fresh spring blooms, lifts my thoughts to the Maker of dainty flowers. My heart sings words of praise from a precious old hymn: “Early in the morning, my song shall rise to Thee!” … Continue reading
Poor sinner, dejected with fear, unbosom thy mind to the Lamb; no wrath on His brow does He wear, nor will He poor mourners condemn; His arm of omnipotent grace is able and willing to save; a sweet and a … Continue reading
Before the throne of God above I have a strong and perfect plea. A great High Priest whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on His hands. My name is written on His … Continue reading
Some years ago a friend moved to our town and brought with her a phrase I’d not heard before — she talked about “speaking the gospel” to herself. The phrase carried depth of meaning for her. For me, not having … Continue reading
Verses memorized by kids at our church’s Vacation Bible School keep running through my mind. They studied the passage in Acts 17 where Paul stands surrounded by statues to false gods and speaks life-changing truth to the gathered Athenians. He … Continue reading
It’s that time of year in my town. Co-eds choose the same dream I chased in the 80s. Of course, not all go as I did — some do go to see and savor and thank God for His amazing … Continue reading
Take a moment. Picture yourself as the central figure in a frightening scene. In this bleak setting, you find yourself huddled in a dark room. The stone of a cold wall cuts into your back, and sounds of moaning reach … Continue reading
Because there weren’t many movies kid-friendly enough for our young children’s eyes to see (and because I’d always loved it myself), our family used to watch The Sound of Music at least once a year — and each time the … Continue reading