Laying Self-Condemnation at Jesus’ Feet

Normally, I love to write these devotionals and share them with you. But I’m discouraged. I’ve been judging myself about a talk I gave. My Critic jumped on me and hurled condemnations. No doubt some demons were piling on too. My spirits sank. So here I am and I’ve got nothing for you. Zilch. I’m…

Finding Yourself in Narnia

One night as C. S. Lewis slept, a lion bounded into his dream. He wasn’t scared as much as he was blessed. Later, he named the lion “Aslan.” Then a wardrobe door opened into the wonderful world of Narnia — for 100 million people! You never know when a door to Narnia may open. “Jack”…

Heaven’s Word to You: “Come!” (C. S. Lewis’ Story)

“Be hospitable” the Bible teaches. You and the people around you need it — desperately (Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9). Recently, Kristi and I were blessed to appreciate the hospitality of C. S. Lewis. You might not expect such a brilliant scholar to be warm-hearted. It started when we visited his home “The Kilns” in…

Following Jesus With Joy, Like St. Francis

It seems everybody loves Saint Francis. But few really know him. We like our garden statues of a somber man holding a bird, but this is not the real Francis of Assisi from the 12th Century. Instead, picture an energetic and jovial little man, known in his day as “God’s Jongluer.” Before coming to Christ…

John Wesley’s Meditations on the Lord’s Prayer

John Wesley was known as a man of prayer. He began every day in prayer. He continued “instant in prayer” all day long. Prayer was his intimacy with God and his peace and power for daily living. People observed John Wesley coming out of his closet of prayer and glowing with the light of Christ!…

A. W. Tozer’s Introduction to “The Christian Book of Mystical Verse”

I’m often asked by pastors and others what I think about “mysticism.” Usually someone in their church has encountered this and has expressed concern that it is not Biblical. I know pastors in conservative Bible churches who have been harshly criticized, even run out of their pulpit, for encouraging “contemplative prayer” or the reading of “spiritual…