Volume 14.11 | November 2013

  • A Walk with God

    “If anyone says that they love Jesus,” the catchy song in my daughter’s Christian cartoon goes, “they should walk as He walked too. Walk and talk and be just like Him, in everything you do.” Many of us are probably used to hearing advice along those lines, and maybe we take that to mean we’re […]

  • One Who Knows Him

    A friend and I happened to walk past a cinema just as several movies ended and hundreds of people flooded onto the sidewalk. One man stood out in the crowd—literally—and he was walking straight toward us. He must have been seven feet tall and had the athletic build of a basketball player. As I turned […]

  • Forest Fire!

    Over the past decades, violent forest fires have swept the wooded areas of North America, wiping out huge tracts of woodland and often destroying entire neighborhoods. It has not always been like this. Although some fire has always been a part of the local ecology, these problematic massive fires are a fairly recent development. In […]

  • God with Us

    My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon. —Mizuta Masahide (1657–1723) It is not a question of God allowing or not allowing things to happen. It is part of living. Our Father knows about every bird which falls to the ground, but He does not always prevent it from falling. What […]

  • Mr. Rabbit and Me

    It all started when we gave in to the children’s pleas and bought a cute little rabbit. At first, the little fellow was too small to be left alone in the garden while the children were at school, but neither could he remain in his hutch all day without any exercise. So the task fell […]

  • The God Factor

    God is in the heavenly realm, but He works in the real world. He deals not just in spiritual blessings and rewards, but in tangible, black-and-white, dollars-and-cents material blessings and rewards as well. He’s the God of heaven, and also the God of this present world. He transcends both, rules in both, lives in both, […]

  • Star Dust

    It’s been over a decade since this event was reported,  yet the story of a commercial airplane that mysteriously disappeared while on a routine flight still fascinates me. It was 1947. A British passenger airliner called Star Dust had taken off from Buenos Aires, Argentina, bound for the Chilean capital, Santiago, a trip that should […]

  • Effective Prayers

    Do you sometimes forget to pray, or not know where to start or how to go about it when you do remember? It takes a while for prayer to become a habit, but it’s one that’s worth cultivating because it can solve so many problems, sometimes before they even happen. If your prayer times need […]

  • The Bridge

    I’d just arrived in the port city of Tampico, Mexico, and I was being shown around the townhouse our volunteer work would be based out of. It is located fairly close to the busy downtown, but also not too far from the poorer outlying areas where we conduct most of our projects. What a nice […]

  • Sand Between My Toes

    The small card fell out of a pile of papers. It was an old photograph, nothing special, a tiny fishing boat crossing a calm ocean underneath a blue sky. I don’t know how it got there, but I smiled as it triggered memories of my younger years playing by the seaside, feeling the sand between […]

  • Be an Icon

    The Greek word translated as “image” in most English versions of the Bible is eikon, from which we also get “icon.” It is used in the Bible both literally 1 and figuratively.2 The Septuagint, the first standard translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, called Adam “the eikon of God.” The sculptures, paintings, and […]

  • Walking with God

    Perhaps you prefer to walk in the early morning, like Jesus who rose a “great while before day and went into a solitary place to pray.”1 Or maybe you enjoy walking peacefully in the evening.2 Perhaps your walks are purposeful, part of your journey to work, school, or shopping. Wherever or whenever you walk, you’re […]