Advent

Can you look amongst the stateless and the many fleeing war, feel the fading hopes of refugees, and still see a stable door? Can you gaze on earth’s spoiled bounty, over parched and barren land, and pray that new creation comes, through God’s restoring hand? Can you...

A Friend That Sticks Closer Than a Brother

Tomorrow is the birthday of a very close family member. I remember their birth date as if it were my own. For 21 years we shared the same bedroom. People know us but are often not aware we are related. We don’t look alike, and we have few common interests. And, though...

God’s Wisdom – The Real Treasure (Job 28)

In May of 2012, a 32-carat Burmese ruby diamond ring, designed by the House of Chaumet (a jeweller founded in 1780 that’s based in Paris), was sold for US$6.7 million, a new world record price for any ruby sold at auction. It was part of the collection of the late...

I Need Thee Every Hour

Many years ago, Sue and I (we only had Stephen and Melissa with us at the time) moved to Singapore to serve with a mission agency. The moment we landed, we encountered one obstacle after another. The biggest of them all was getting a longer-term visa for Sue and the...

We Need Help

I have a friend who reads a lot of self-help books.  It’s quite handy because she usually shares the best bits with me and they often contain profound insights and practical ideas for better living.   The problem is, no matter how many she reads, no...

It is well …

It would be of no surprise to those of you who know me that I love music – music of many different styles and genres.  And I find it helpful to recall lyrics of Christian Hymns and Songs, particularly in reacting to what is happening in my own life or in the life...