Unfathomable Love

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. —Romans 5:6-8 NLT “What makes him special?” asks the radio personality. “I love him so much. He gives me roses,” she shares. “And he’s so thoughtful. He’s always asking me how I feel. He makes me feel like a princess.” “Why do you love her?” he asks another caller. “I love her because she makes me feel so good,” he […] Read more »

Welcome Home

But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” —Matthew 8:20 NLT They are arriving. Slowly and steadily our house fills, and noise and laughter increase. It’s Friday night and time for our home group to meet together, study the Word, pray, and share. My heart swells along with the noise level. I love each couple, each single, and each little child who enters our home. The coffee smells rich and inviting, the table is full of fruit and cheese, crackers and nuts. The lights are on, and all are welcomed. Home. Ours is a simple one really. A raised ranch. Architecturally boring in an unpretentious neighborhood. But […] Read more »

Seriously. Be Nice.

“You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.” —Matthew 5:21-22 NLT So, did you really read what Jesus just said in the scripture above? Whoa. He’s downright fierce with us about our treatment of our fellow human beings, isn’t he? Name-calling is a serious offense in His book. Super serious. Two mornings ago, I read this passage and can’t get it out of my mind. God cares […] Read more »

Zeal. With Knowledge.

For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. —Romans 10:2 NIV It was an early November snow. The plow had come by, and we needed to shovel what was left behind at the end of the drive. So with shovels in hand out we ventured. With me were my three oldest grandchildren and my little companion dog Bella. Since she doesn’t run away—she wants (always) to be with her people—I let Bella run freely about while we shoveled. It was fun. But then … I heard it. The plow was returning for another sweep of the road. Yikes! I had a seven-, a five-, and two-year-old who needed to be moved quickly from […] Read more »