Fear Not the Ghosts and Goblins

I went to Disneyland with my daughter Jennie. We were looking forward to some father-daughter time. She says she’s “Daddy’s girl” and I love that! The Scariest Place on Earth? I had forgotten that Halloween is coming, but we sure knew it when we walked inside Disneyland. “The Happiest Place on Earth” here in Orange…

O Lord, Pour Down your Rain

“You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance” (Psalm 68:9). I love the rain. During rainstorms when I was a boy, my dad and I would sit in chairs with the garage door open to watch and listen to the rain fall. Storms show us God’s power. Rain reminds us of his…

The Jesus Prayer: The Anonymous Pilgrim’s Story

Do you know the story of the Anonymous Russian Pilgrim? It’s a heart-warming and unforgettable story of how God brought healing and transformation to a lonely, depressed man. Through this simple man God changed the world! I have discovered that what was true for the Anonymous Pilgrim and so many others has been true for…

Eyes of Purity

Jesus said, “If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). What we do with our eyes is really important! Continually in our world today “the lust of the eyes” tempts us (1 John 2:16) to take pleasure from looking upon someone or something that is not ours —…

Smile in Your Storm

Dark storm clouds pelted torrents of freezing rain on Jesus and the disciples, gale winds whipped their boat in circles, and wave after wave splashed into them and was swamping their boat. The disciples were rowing and rowing as hard and fast as they could to get out of the furious squall and make it…

Open Up to Christ

Everything in the spiritual life centers on the grace-movements of God’s Word made flesh in Christ, our Rock, the One whose name is honey-sweet! Our part in the spiritual life is to trust the Lord in all things with all of our self. Psalm 81 helps us to open our hands, ears, and mouth to…

Deep-Spirited Friendships

“Love each other, be deep-spirited friends” (Philippians 2:1, MSG). Most Christians I know have been in small group Bible studies or small group support groups (both of which are valuable), but few have been in an apprentice to Jesus group. What’s the difference? Let me illustrate by telling you about a small group that Kristi…

You are What you Read

Some people say, “You are what you eat.” I think it’s more true to say, “You are what you read.” What do you spend your time reading? The Sports section? Novels? Fashion magazines? News or stock reports? These are okay. Certainly they are much better than gossipy or trashy options that are available. In fact,…