Healing

Healing

Sep 05

My wife and I had our first cancer scare earlier this year.  She underwent a surgery to remove the organs on which the cancer had been identified.  Thankfully, there was no cancer but the organs still needed to be removed in order for her to get well.  Then there were many weeks of healing before she was back to herself. Think about surgery for a moment.  The purpose of surgery is often to...

Have you met Jesus?

Have you met Jesus?

Jul 04

Today I got to be “Jesus” for a young family.  They were trying to get out of the place they’re renting and into a new home, but didn’t have enough for the first month’s rent and deposit.  God blessed me with enough to make the deposit for them.  It was such a delight to get to be part of what God is doing for them and to hear them give God the glory for it. But that wasn’t my...

The Archer’s Paradox

The Archer’s Paradox

May 12

Imagine that you have a bow and you’re trying to shoot an arrow at a target.  When you release the string, it is going to throw force directly at the bow.  The arrow, however, rests on the side of the bow.  In order to fully utilize the force of the string and properly hit the target, the arrow needs to go through the bow itself.  Yet, despite the arrow pointing to the side, it flies...

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs

Apr 18

Picture an Easter Egg, all pretty and painted on the outside.  Now imagine cracking it open, only to discover that it was vile and rotten on the inside. That was sin, in the beginning.  It was contained, walled up and enclosed.  But our ancient enemy painted a pretty picture of it, making it look and sound enticing.  So we cracked it open and tried it out, only to discover that what was...

Les and Jes: a parable of sorts

Les and Jes: a parable of sorts

Apr 07

Once upon a time, there were two wrestlers named Les and Jes.  They were a formidable duo – nobody could stop them.  Nobody could defeat them.  This story is the secret of their success. They only ever competed in “tag team” bouts.  In these matches, only one competitor from each team could be in the ring at any given time.  A competitor could exchange places with a teammate by...

What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

Mar 22

Think of all of the generally unhappy people you know.  What do they all have in common?  In my experience, unhappy people are generally critical.  They are quick to point out what isn’t perfect, what isn’t good, what could be better.  They are certainly capable of being grateful and pointing out what is good, but their “blink” seems to focus on what is “wrong.” Contrast that with...