• Clean The Closet

    Clean The Closet

    Psalms 139:13-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart.(Psalms 139:23) To this day I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Dutifully, I would go to my room to start the process, only to get distracted by reading the comic book that I was supposed to put neatly in the stack. But soon the distraction was interrupted by my mother warning that…Keep ReadingRead More »
  • One Who Understands

    One Who Understands

    Psalms 139:7-12 The Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. (1 Chr 28:9) My friend’s husband was in the last stages of dementia. In his first introduction to the nurse who was assigned to care for him, he reached out for her arm and stopped her. He said he wanted to introduce her to his best friend—one who loved him deeply. Since no one else was in…Keep ReadingRead More »
  • Undeserved Praise

    Undeserved Praise

    Luke 5:27-32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.(Luke 5:32) Even before I could afford a self-cleaning oven, I managed to keep my oven clean. Guests even commented on it when we had them over for a meal. “Wow, your oven is so clean. It looks like new.” I accepted the praise even though I knew I didn’t deserve it. The reason my oven was…Keep ReadingRead More »
  • The Right Foundation

    The Right Foundation

    Matthew 7:24–29 Whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24) “I’ve got bad news for you,” said the builder, who was renovating an old house I had inherited. “When we started to convert the back half of the garage for your office, we found that the walls had almost no foundation. We…Keep ReadingRead More »
  • A Genuine Friend

    A Genuine Friend

    1 Samuel 20:32-42 Two are better than one. (Ecclesiastes 4:9) In the novel Shane, a friendship forms between Joe Starrett, a farmer on the American frontier, and Shane, a mysterious man who stops to rest at the Starrett home. The men first bond as they work together to remove a giant tree stump from Joe’s land. The relationship deepens as Joe rescues Shane from a fight and Shane helps Joe improve…Keep ReadingRead More »