Justice…

"For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face " (Psalm 11:7, NIV). What with the annual March for Life in Washington, today has gotten me thinking about justice. What is justice? It is rendering to each what is due to them. In the Old Covenant, God constantly called Israel …

Patience!…

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." (Ephesians 4:2 NIV) The word patience comes from a Latin root which means "suffering". In fact, some translations of the Bible use that alternate word "long-suffering", which just about sums up the challenge. When I am struggling (and often failing) to be …

Fear Can Blind Us…

"[Jesus] came toward them walking on the sea...when they saw him... they thought it was a ghost and cried out. They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke...'Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!'. He got into the boat with them and the wind died down..." (Mark 6:48-51) …

Begin Again…

"And he who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new... these words are trustworthy and true...'" (Revelation 21:5, RSV) Many years ago, an acquaintance of mine was struggling with some difficult situations in her life. She decided to go on a solitary weekend retreat, spending the time reading Scripture and praying. …

Wake Up!

"...pray...on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests...be alert and always keep on praying..." (Ephesians 6:18 NIV) There's a fierce spiritual battle raging around us in our deteriorating culture, a battle that isn't evident to the natural eye (see Galatians 6:12). There's a willingness to deny that there are actions which are always …