July 24, 2020

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139:16, NIV

“What do you know about tomorrow? How can you be so sure about your life? It is nothing more than mist that appears for only a little...

July 17, 2020

“So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12

This week, I read the obituary and discovered I WAS IN IT! Well, almost.

While casually scanning the “Life Stories” section of Focus magazine, Andrews University’s alumni quarterly, I saw the...

July 12, 2020

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” Genesis 7:11-12, NIV...

July 4, 2020

“Yet He did not leave Himself without witness, for He did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17, ESV

When I was a young boy, I had a habit of letting the water run while brushing my teeth. I...

July 1, 2020

"Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?”

Job 38:28

Well, I ended up running through the rain from my front door to the car door. Sitting with wet hands and damp pants, I paused to pray for safe traveling mercies. Less than 5 minutes later, the rain st...

June 19, 2020

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Proverbs 16:9

I was dressed and ready to go. The bright, sunny day and I had a date. Who could ask for better weather on errand day? Not me! First, I’d stop by the store to purchase a coup...

June 8, 2020

God used the preaching ministry of Elder Walter L. Pearson, Jr. to further clarify and sensitize me to His call on my life. For several years, I admired him from a distance, hearing him speak on television and in person. Later, after I’d completed seminary, I would hav...

May 12, 2020

What is your favorite “Momma’s Meal”? That meal only your mother can cook. The one you request whenever the opportunity presents itself. The one no one else can match. The one that makes you want to shout, dance, and clap your hands. Can you smell it? Can you taste it?...

December 25, 2019

It was an untimely and unlikely baby shower. Untimely, because neither of them should be pregnant. Unlikely, because neither of them could be pregnant. Yet, somehow, this providential rendezvous defies all assumptions. Although each occupies a separate end of the age c...

December 17, 2019

Fall is in full swing and as the holidays rapidly approach, I am reminded of this fact of life: seasons change. For some, this is the most wonderful time of year. For others, it is anything but wonderful. Perhaps this is what the wise King Solomon had in mind when he w...

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