Volume 15.05 | May 2014

  • 01-Finding.God

    Finding God

    Trying to describe God can be a challenging prospect. There are so many sides to His personality, and He’s so much greater and more profound than we’ll ever be able to grasp. Besides, each of us is at a different stage in our personal growth, and our relationship with God changes over the years. For […]

  • 02-The.Masters.Hands

    The Master’s Hands

    A mother once took her young son, who was just beginning to learn to play the piano, to hear the world-famous pianist Jan Paderewski in concert. After an usher showed them to their seats, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. The little boy saw that […]

  • 03-The.Rock

    The Rock

    My wife Maria and I recently returned from a trip to Switzerland where we stayed with some friends who live by a lake. While there, I would often look out the window at the beautiful lake and surrounding mountains. There was one mountain in particular which stood out to me. It jutted up like a […]

  • 04-Over.The.Precipice

    Over the Precipice

    Over forty years later, this episode from a holiday in Scotland is still vivid in my mind. That morning, my friend Adrian and I set out from the youth hostel in Fort William, intent on climbing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain (1,344 meters [4,409 ft]). We were a pair of adventurous teenagers and brushed off […]

  • 05-Lights.Will.Guide.You.Home

    Lights Will Guide You Home

    I was driving home one night with the windows rolled down, the wind making a mess of my hair. The radio was playing, but I was mostly absorbed in my own thoughts—that is, until the first words from “Fix You” by Coldplay caught my attention. When you try your best, but you don’t succeed When […]

  • 06-Reaching.Pleasant.Places

    Reaching “Pleasant Places”

    I love Psalm 23. Perhaps it’s because I especially love the verses about being in calm, beautiful, and peaceful situations: “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”1 I was meditating […]

  • 07-Save.Your.Sanity

    Save Your Sanity!

    Resting in the Lord1 is putting your weight down on Jesus and spending time in deep communion and fellowship with Him so that He can infuse you with strength and renew your vision. It’s carrying a spirit of peace and faith and putting Jesus first. Resting in the Lord is pleasant because it involves thinking […]

  • 08-Effective.Quiettime

    Effective Quiet Time in Five Steps

    I’m semi-retired but still enjoy an active and full life. Looking back over the past year, I can see the benefits I’ve gained from spending quiet time with God in the morning, before the busy day begins. Here are five steps that have helped me get a spiritual boost that lasts the whole day. They […]

  • 09-Quite.A.Commotion

    Quite a Commotion

    “Commotion” comes to mind when I think of him. I can’t forget the first time I met him. I was in synagogue for the regular Sabbath service. Judit is an elderly widow who had a terribly deformed back. She went up to this visiting rabbi, pleading for help. Next thing, she was standing up straight […]

  • 10-Speed.Date

    Speed date

    God isn’t a complete mystery; He’s told us lots about Himself in His Word. Pull up a chair and hear what He has to say. We won’t find out everything,1 but there’s plenty to get started. “I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told […]

  • 12-Getting.The.Most

    Getting the most out of life

    It saddens Me that so many people are content to just let life pass them by. They may be busy keeping up or trying to get ahead, or they may fill every spare moment with relaxing activities, but where is all that busy activity taking them? When do they really live? The secret to getting […]