Declaration of Dependence

This July 4th, I am remembering a conversation with my barber as he cut my few remaining hairs. He told me about a very special 4th of July when his wife found her wedding ring, which had been lost for over 3 years. They celebrated. I asked him if he…

Taste and See

Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” (John 6:5) Jesus saw people coming to look for him. They were spiritually hungry. In His compassion, Jesus was also aware of…

Quiet Down

I was reading in 2 Kings yesterday about Elijah and Elisha. Elijah was about to be taken up into heaven, and the prophets in both Bethel and Jericho told Elisha that. In both cases, Elisha indicated he knew, and said, “Be quiet about it.” For some reason, that hit my…

Encouraged

“So encourage each other with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18) What words are “these words?” Words of life (4:14). Jesus died and was raised to life again. He is coming back to bring life eternal, so that we “will be with the Lord forever” (4:17). He is alive, He cares,…

Rivers Runs Through It

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you.” (James 4:8a) It had been a long, dry, hot day for a rigorous climb in Wyoming’s Wind River Mountains. I leaned into the dusty trail, wondering if it was worth enduring the pain in my back, the soreness in…

Blue Sky Prayers

“And over the golden altar they shall spread a cloth of blue and cover it with a covering of goatskin, and shall put in its poles.” (Numbers 4:11) A golden altar draped with a cloth of blue. Today I have enjoyed a place of prayer adorned with a sky of…

Blue Sky!

“He made the curtain of blue, purple and crimson yarn and fine linen, with cherubim worked into it.” (2 Chron. 3:14) The sky has been so refreshingly blue the past few days, like a glorious backdrop inviting us to look UP. The blue sky provides a stage for the sun,…

The Rhythms of Rest

Are you working too hard? Reading and soaking my heart in John chapter 5 this week, I am thinking about “Sabbath rest.” In that chapter, Jesus healed a man on the Sabbath. Then He took heat from the religious leaders for breaking the rules of the Sabbath. They saw work…

I’m wanting to Listen Well this year…..

“And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper.” ~1 Kings 19:12~ God was not in the wind or the earthquake or the fire. He spoke in a gentle whisper. Why…

Fired Up

“Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.” ~~Leviticus 6:13 This command of keeping the fire burning is repeated twice in 6:12-13. It must be significant. The priest was to check the fire each morning, adding and arranging firewood and…