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The Work Of Our Hands

The Work Of Our HandsSpring had just turned into summer and crops were beginning to produce fruit as our train rolled across the fertile landscape of West Michigan’s shoreline. Strawberries had ripened, and people were kneeling in the morning dew to pick the sweet fruit. Blueberry bushes were soaking up sunshine from the sky and nutrients from the earth.

Getting Along

Getting Along“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”  Psalm 133:1

I can still remember what it was like to take our family on vacation, only to have the kids in the backseat mar the joy …

Making the Move

Making the MoveI think the very first time that I ever understood the reality that sports is a business was as a boy of thirteen when Frank Robinson, my favorite player at that time, was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson was outstanding in every phase of the game, and played with a…

Am I Blessed Like This?

Am I Blessed Like This?When we first read the statements of Jesus, they seem wonderfully simple and unstartling, and they sink unnoticed into our subconscious minds. For instance, the Beatitudes initially seem to be …

Let’s unravel a puzzling statement that Jesus made about being rich

Let’s unravel a puzzling statement that Jesus made about being richYou don’t have to be a tailor to know that a camel won’t fit through the eye of a needle. But according to Jesus, that’s easier than someone who is wealthy getting into heaven!

the bedrock

the bedrockOur recent move to the country has been an adventure in many ways. The stars are amazing in the open sky, bugs and spiders exist in abundance, and well water …

Where is God in an F4 tornado?–Margie’s Story

Where is God in an F4 tornado?–Margie’s StoryWhen natural disasters strike, the results are often traumatic and can cause people to question God’s goodness. Margie recounts her personal experience surviving a devastating F4 tornado. Be inspired by this captivating story of God’s overwhelming faithfulness in the midst of tragedy. Find out more of what the Bible says about “When Tragedy Strikes.” We…

Looking For Zacchaeus

Looking For ZacchaeusAlf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

His Nature and Our Motives

His Nature and Our MotivesThe characteristic of a disciple is not that he does good things, but that he is good in his motives, having been made good by the supernatural grace of God. …

What We Really Need

What We Really Need“You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’” Revelation 3:17

Veruca Salt, one of the not-so-sweet characters in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, was notorious for demanding whatever she wanted. Her indulgent parents didn’t…