A Good Will Moment.

By this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 Mom’s directive was simply this, “Collect the things you no longer want so I can donate them to Goodwill.” Whatever that was. So I’d stuff […]

When I Don’t Show Up.

God, I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, You know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of Your sight. Psalm 139:2-3 (The Message) A dialogue from the movie Rambo: First Blood Part II, captured my heart. While being led upriver in Vietnam, […]

Spiritual Gifts Don’t Come With Receipts.

Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant… to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. I Corinthians 12:1, 7 I’m happy with – even over-joyed by – the gifts I received for Christmas.  I was abundantly blessed by quite a bit of wrapped […]

Not Exempt.

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. Matthew 5:45 I blinked, glanced up at the sky with one palm turned up. What? Is it raining on me? Exempt: released from, or not subject to, an obligation or liability that others may […]

Who’s My Best Present?

A trip through the aisles of a craft store several months ago had me convinced someone plucked December from the calendar and planted it in September. Decorative garlands and trinkets of green, red, and gold flashed off the shelves, hundreds of ornaments dangled against display boards, and nutcrackers stood sentry in center islands. It set […]