Comfort and Joy

In the church my dad attended years ago they loved singing: The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise giv’n; Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found— The Comforter has come!    Frank Bottome 1890 God is near to comfort. But if we look to…

Only Grace

As Paul McCartney once sang, “When I was younger so much younger than today. I never needed anybody’s help in any way.” With independent assurance of youth fleeing fast over my horizon I am suddenly faced with a weakness that reminds me that Jesus is a friend closer than anyone on this planet. He alone…

Weakness of God

“the cross cannot be merely taught or reasoned. It must be experienced” Joni Eareckson Tada There is nothing desirable about weakness especially mental weakness. There are no prizes for not knowing the answers or being lost. I still remember my stepfather’s reasoning about asking directions. “It is pointless because they are only going to tell…

Finding Grace

All through the Bible are people whose lives are woven together by grace. Some like Noah felt alone or like Hannah rejected. Some suffered abuse like Hagar others shame like the woman caught in the act of adultery. What we share with each and every one of them is our hope in God’s great grace….

So Glad You Asked!

When I was a young boy my mom used to bake home made bread. With just the screen door closed on the back of our house that wonderful aroma reached around the neighborhood. By the time mom was pulling the loaves out of the oven I was lining up with my friends to get a…