Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 01-full-wonder

    Full of wonder

    The story of the first Nativity scene is a well-known Christmas staple: Saint Francis of Assisi is traditionally believed to have asked the citizens of the village of Grecchio, in 1223, to play the characters in the Nativity. What’s certain is that these “living cribs” became highly popular and the tradition spread around the world. […]

  • 12-hard-times02

    Hard times

    At the time I’m writing this, my car has been giving me trouble. It’s been like this for a while; and whenever it seems like it’s fixed, it’s not long before something goes wrong again. It’s already cost quite a bit of time and money, and it’s looking like more will be required before the […]

  • 01.The-challenge-of-change

    The challenge of change

    For many people, coming to know and accept Christ is a life-changing event. For example, immediately after he met and talked with Jesus, Zacchaeus’ entire life was turned around.1 In a matter of days, Saul went from “threatening with every breath and eager to destroy every Christian”2 to preaching the gospel as the apostle Paul. […]

  • 01-Mountain-movers

    Mountain movers

    I’ve always wondered what Jesus meant when He said, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move.”1 I’ve never heard of mountains moving—and I’ve certainly never moved a mountain—so why did He choose that analogy? Over time, […]

  • 01.Our constant

    Our constant

    Ask anyone, and they’ll agree that today’s world is very different from the one our parents and grandparents knew. The funny thing is that the feeling is not new by any means. “The cause of the … increase in nervous disease is increased demand made by the conditions of modern life,” affirmed an article published […]

  • 01.Building.and.strengthening

    Building and strengthening

    The Roman author Tertullian (c.160–c. 225), when speaking of the early church, reported that the pagans would exclaim, “See how they love one another!” Clearly the Christians’ concern and care was visible in their actions, attitudes, and words. One of the early Christians named Joses seems to have had a special talent for understanding and […]

  • 01.A.timely.test

    A timely test

    If you were to ask, I would have described myself as a fairly easygoing personality. I don’t get ruffled too easily and I don’t get (too) upset when things go wrong. When I first read David’s article (on pp. 4–5 of this issue), where he describes himself as an unrepentant worrier, I pictured myself brushing […]

  • 01.Daily.needs

    Daily needs

    When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, only one of the things He told them to ask for was a physical need—“Give us this day our daily bread.”1 All the rest of the prayer is praise to God or requests for spiritual gifts or blessings so that we can better please and serve Him. His […]

  • 01.Who.is.He

    Who is He?

    Shortly after Jesus healed “great multitudes” and fed 4,000 people from seven loaves and a few fish,1 He asked His disciples what people were saying about Him. They reported that some believed He was John the Baptist, others that He was Elijah or Jeremiah or one of the other prophets of old come back from […]

  • 01.ALL-WINNERS

    All winners

    I have a confession: I really like to win! Whether it’s at sports, a board game, or—unfortunately—a disagreement, my competitiveness comes to the fore and I have to try to come out on top. No game is too simple for me when it comes to trying to develop an edge. I’ve even devised (mostly pointless!) […]

  • 01.How-much-is-enough

    How much is enough?

    God recognizes our material needs, and His Word contains plenty of promises of supply, even in abundance.1 But Jesus also warned that a vain pursuit of wealth can be a stumbling block to a Christian life.2 Human nature also makes it difficult for us to correctly assess our needs. As Benjamin Franklin observed, “The more […]

  • 01.A.DIFFERENT.KIND.WISH

    A different kind of wish

    No one knows what the future holds. We’re quick to wish a “happy new year” on January 1st, but we actually have very little control over how things will play out. “You do not know what a day may bring,”1 the Bible cautions. Over the past year, a number of my friends went through some […]