2014

  • hard.knocks

    Hard Knocks

    Have you ever wondered why it is that from time to time you find yourself going through the school of hard knocks? Just when you’re thriving on some “ups” in your life, something happens that brings you down a few notches on the happiness scale. “Why me?” “Why this?” “Why now?” Instead of helping to […]

  • mystery.fig-tree

    The mystery of the fig tree

    Figs are fruits mentioned in the Bible that are still familiar today, whether they are soft, juicy, fresh figs or the sweet, chewy, dried variety. Fig trees are a common sight on the biblical landscape and often symbolized safety and prosperity.1 And then there’s the time that Jesus was leaving the small town of Bethany […]

  • love.core

    Love to the core

    Life can be rough, and it’s not always easy to understand why things happen the way they do. When everything seems to be going wrong, it’s natural to question My love, but it’s during those very times that I want to be closer than ever to you. My love will always be there for you […]

  • 01.finding.heroes

    Finding heroes

    I love to hear about heroes, and I don’t think I’m alone in this. Ever since an unknown Mesopotamian author thought up Gilgamesh’s quests, or Homer sang of Achilles’ war exploits and Ulysses’ odyssey to get home, people have been inspired and thrilled by the adventures, bravery, and wisdom of great champions. Others, such as […]

  • 02.three.cups.of.tea

    Three Cups Of Tea

    Right after graduating from high school, two friends and I decided to travel around the western Mediterranean. It was 1969, and the streets of Europe were filled with young people roaming and searching for meaning in their lives. We took a train to Naples in southern Italy, then an overnight ferry to Tunis. Next, we […]

  • 03.my.heroes

    My Heroes, Warts And All

    One thing that seems to be unique to the Bible is how the “heroes of faith”—with the exception of Jesus, of course—were far from perfect men and women. As the saying goes, they were portrayed “warts and all.” I love history, and if you read a lot of ancient histories or literature, you get used […]

  • 04.avalanche

    Avalanche

    Victor was a carabinero, or police officer, stationed at the remote Chilean customs compound known as Los Libertadores, high in the Andes on the border with Argentina. Since Victor had received special training in mountain rescue work, he was usually assigned to dangerous areas like this one. He enjoyed the mountains, but missed his family. […]

  • 05.acheaving.greatnes

    Achieving Greatness

    You may not feel great or as if you have hero-like qualities of your own; even the apostle Paul lamented, “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”(Romans 7:18 NIV) Yet God can make more of us than we are, if we avail ourselves of the help of […]

  • 06.salt.of.earth

    Salt Of The Earth

    “You are the salt of the earth.”—Matthew 5:13 As Christians, one of the things we strive for is to be agents of change in the lives of others and ultimately in society. That can mean making waves or going against the flow. Not everything Christians do and value will always be in harmony with the […]

  • 07.the.winner

    The Winner

    I was watching some small children play soccer (football). They were only five or six years old, but they were playing a real and serious game. There were two uniformed teams, coaches, and a small crowd of parents watching from the sidelines. The teams seemed quite evenly matched, and as a casual acquaintance of one […]

  • 08.tribute.buterfly

    Tribute To A Butterfly

    Andja was born in 1962 in the former Yugoslavian republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. When war broke out in the 1990s, Andja’s family fled as refugees to Vojnic, a small town in Croatia. Her husband was mentally scarred from the atrocities of ethnic cleansing and had to be permanently hospitalized, and she found herself struggling […]

  • 09.under.fire

    Courage under fire

    It could be said that there are many types of heroism. First, the everyday heroic acts that are performed by unsung heroes that step in to save the day in ways that we infrequently hear of. Second, the famous heroes we admire—pioneers in medicine, defenders of peace and justice, rescuers of the lost, champions of […]