Christianity in action

One winter some years ago, a group of friends and I were traveling on a mountain road in a passenger van in the southern United States. It was past dusk on a Friday eveni …  »

All will be well

While surfing the internet, I stumbled upon a Positive Outlook test. I consider myself a fairly positive person, with some room for improvement, but I was curious to see …  »

Bitter or better

Everyone has times in their past that they look upon as “dark nights”—tragedies or difficulties that were largely beyond their control and sometimes the direct result of …  »

Weak yet strong

Nine years ago, I underwent a surgery that changed my life. When I was rushed to the hospital with terrible pain in my lower right abdomen, tests revealed that a large ga …  »

A gift for two brothers

Have you ever wanted to do something to help someone or longed to make a difference in the world, only to have your good intentions sidetracked by thoughts of why your ef …  »

The golden thread

Before jumping into the day to tackle a long to-do list, I stopped for a half hour of devotional reading, prayer, and reflection. My Bible fell open to Hebrews 11, which …  »

In the midst of fire

Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, and their pal, Daniel, were four young men who might have passed into obscurity if not for some remarkable things that happened in their live …  »

Follow the melody

In The Sound of Music [[Robert Wise. 20th Century Fox, 1965.]], the mother superior tells Fraulein Maria, the boisterous postulant nun, to leave the convent to help a mot …  »

A lesson from Bo

Bo was our golden lab who loved to swim in our pool. He lived for his exercise, and the pool was his domain. One day, my son was learning new strokes and tried the dead m …  »

Another layer of Easter

I was thinking about Easter the other night when a line popped into my head: “He did not leave my soul in hell.” It sounded like a Bible passage, but I wasn’t sure. Neith …  »

What if?

Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) is quoted as saying, "I know of no one who has done more for humanity than Jesus." Much of the world, Christian and non-Christian alike, would …  »

The Man in white

We had just finished a program for 300 teenage inmates at a correctional center in northern India, and many of the boys gathered around us. The theme of our program that …  »

I’ll come through

If you reflect on My great men and women who have gone before you—those mentioned in the Bible, and others since that time—you will note how each lived for Me and accompl …  »