Volume 17.05 | May 2016

  • Best friend forever

    The Bible lets us know that we can expect to go through some difficult times while we’re on this earth.1 The good news is that it also promises that we won’t have to go through them alone. “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.”2 “I […]

  • Until the shadows flee

    The other night, I was awakened by a phone call that needed my urgent attention. Pulling myself from deep sleep, I had to quickly dress, grab my car keys, and run out the door to take care of a small emergency. Someone had had a minor accident late at night and needed to be picked […]

  • Feeling close to Jesus 

    I’ve often heard people say things like, “I must not be close to Jesus because I don’t feel close to Him.” But the Bible makes it clear that we’re not supposed to go by our feelings or how things appear to be on the surface. “We walk by faith, not by sight.”1 If we rely […]

  • Spread it around

    Two essential ingredients for success in life are a sound personal relationship with the Creator of life, followed closely by sound relationships with those around us. In fact, it’s impossible to be truly happy without either of those. Jesus gave us the key to both when He said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all […]

  • The sound of silence

    My morning routine is a bit like this: My alarm goes off and I lie in bed a moment longer to pray for the day ahead. After getting up, I’ll give my inbox a quick scan, and then read or listen to something devotional and inspiring, sometimes distracted by my mail or to-do list. Then […]

  • Drawing on God’s strength

    Just before Christmas a few years ago, I was involved in a car accident that almost took my life. I sustained a spinal cord injury to my T4 vertebra, leaving me paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down, and confined to a wheelchair. Nothing can prepare anyone for coping with paraplegia and disability, especially to the […]

  • Jesus is my walkthrough

    Computer games have always been a part of my life. I can remember playing with my younger brother until the joints in our thumbs hurt. My favorite ones to play were extreme sports and adventure/fantasy, complete with magical weapons, levels, and evil henchmen. But many times while gaming, I would either encounter a particularly difficult […]

  • He cares!

    I had sung Frank E. Graeff’s hymn, “Does Jesus Care?” many times before and always felt comforted by its grace and beauty. But the words really came to life after our one-year-old son Martin passed away. Martin had always been frail, from the day he was born, half an hour after his twin brother. They […]

  • Eternal sunshine

    Keep your eyes on Me no matter what you face. The skies may be dark at times, the winds may blow, the waters may be deep and murky, and the waves may crash all around you. There may be no apparent way of escape. But I am your escape. I am the sunshine that chases […]