Joy to the World

Joy to the World

“Joy to the World” is not just a familiar Christmas carol, but a much needed message for our world grounded in God’s Word. God broke on the historical scene with a miracle and a message of hope at a time of ruthless Roman domination in Israel. The angel declared, “I...
Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

Christmas Satisfaction Even in Sorrow

On Christmas Eve day of 1994, I spoke at the funeral service for my maternal grandmother. This most memorable and painful Christmas drove home the reality that a season of serenity stirs deep sorrow in the hearts of many. Loneliness through separation from family....
The Light of Life

The Light of Life

It was too hot to sleep, so my dear wife got up and went to the kitchen of our short-term mission home to get some ice. When she turned on the lights, the floor was moving—cockroaches, lots of cockroaches, scurrying to hide. Light exposes what is in the dark. In God’s...
The Greatest Gift

The Greatest Gift

When I was a teenager my Grandmother gave me a 1/16th scale toy tractor that had been completely refurbished for Christmas. I no longer played with toys, but this was one I had played with often while visiting my grandparents. It was personal, priceless (costly), and...
Resolution Responses

Resolution Responses

Christmas and the New Year have come and gone, and now we are told to set our sights on making 2019 the best year ever. In the proverbial wisdom of Rafiki from Disney’s ‘The Lion King,’ we are told, “Don’t live in the past. Learn from it!” Eat healthier, exercise...
Remember Joy

Remember Joy

JOY is one of those words we associate with Christmas time, but life’s circumstances often force us into less than joyful moods. We all at times experience the burden of illness, the shock of tragedy, or the pain of losing something or someone dear. This is the...