• The Paradox of Work

    “Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples)…” (John 4:1-2) Who was baptizing and making disciples---Jesus or the disciples? Yes! Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard He was baptizing and making more disciples than John. Don’t miss the fascinating parenthetical statement that Jesus himself didn't baptize them—His disciples did. Jesus was baptizing more peopl…

  • Reflecting

    "And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." (2 Cor 3:18, NIV) One image that comes to mind for me as I read this verse is the sun and the moon. The moon has no light of its own, but reflects the sunlight. On a dark night it shines with a likeness of the sun’s glory, but it isn’t the sun. I was reminded a couple of weeks ago at a Rotary meeting that the sun an…

  • What's New?

    Isaiah 43 18 "Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. 20 The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, 21 the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise. ----------- We are meant to remember the past …

  • Tests

    Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4) Testimony. Testify. Testament. Testy. What word do they have in common? We all go through tests. According to the Bible, faith tests are ultimately good for us. A test is to bring ou…

  • Beauty in Shadows

    “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) In a restaurant recently, I was intrigued by a 3-dimensional painting. I couldn’t help but study it with curiosity, wondering how the artist made the scene look so real and 3-D. It seemed to present a perfect and complete pic…


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