Monday, February 8, 2016


This past Sunday is a hinge for us. With this week, we move from Epiphany into Lent -- going literally from the mountaintop into the desert.

The mountaintop is much more comfortable and the pull to stay there is incredible. But the desert is where Christ leads us. Christ leads us there because that’s where so many of our sisters and brothers whom He loves live. Christ leads us there because our common destiny is as partners in this mission of God.

Christ leads us down the mountain and into the desert, because the true transfiguration, the true shining forth of God in all God’s glory happens when we follow Him there together.

-- Michael D. Kinman


Friday, February 5, 2016


There is a story told about a man who was accused of some wrongdoing and was brought before a judge. When the judge asked if he had an attorney to represent him, the man answered, "No, I can't afford one."

The judge replied, "Well, don't worry about that.  I'll appoint a lawyer to represent you, and I will choose a real good one."

"I appreciate that, Judge," answered the man.  "But if you really want to appoint somebody to help me, what I need most is not a real good lawyer, but several real good witnesses!"

And that's what God wants too, isn't it?  Some good witnesses!  Will you step forward and volunteer for that job?  That's our calling as Christians -- to be God's witnesses.  Let's define the term.  A good witness is one who knows something firsthand, one who has seen or heard or experienced something.  A good witness is one who can bring the truth to light.

--  James W. Moore in When You're a Christian, the Whole World is from Missouri


Thursday, February 4, 2016


The Christian's greatest goal is to be like Christ. We want to emulate His exemplary life, model His method of teaching, resist temptation as He resisted it, handle conflicts as He did, focus on the mission God calls us to accomplish as Christ focused on His. And certainly it is our desire to commune with the Father as the Son did throughout His ministry and suffering. No greater compliment can be given than this one: "When I am with that person, it's like I'm in the presence of Jesus Himself."

-- Charles Swindoll in Bedside Blessings


Wednesday, February 3, 2016


A Sunday school teacher once had two new boys in class.  When she asked their ages and birth dates for registration, the blond boy said, "We're both seven.  My birthday is April 8, 1976, and my brother's is April 20,1976."  "That's impossible!" blurted the confused woman.  The dark-haired boy piped in, "No, it's not,.  One of us is adopted."  Before she could stop herself, the teacher asked, "Which one?"  The boys looked at each other and said, "We asked Dad a long time ago, but he just said he loved us both and couldn't remember which one was adopted."

God has only one begotten Son -- the rest of us have been adopted.  Your heavenly Father has not only adopted you but also completely accepted you in the Beloved.  Your all-powerful, all-knowing heavenly Father has chosen to forget your past.  He sees you just as He does His only begotten Son.  You have become a coheir with Christ.  You can now call the almighty God your Father.  "You should behave instead like God's very own children adopted into His family -- calling Him "Father, dear Father'"  (Romans 8:15 NLT).

-- Lenya Heitzig and Penny Pierce Rose in Pathway to God's Treasure: Ephesians


Tuesday, February 2, 2016


Most of us want God to let us know what to expect around the next corner or in the upcoming week. We want to know what's coming so that we can insert it in our mental day planners. And if God doesn't come through for us, then we're filled with fear and trembling, or even some anger. We say to ourselves, "Doesn't God know how important it is that I know how such-and-such will go?" Oddly enough, we're always surprised when we discover that God is more concerned with our faith and trust in Him than whether we know how the boss will like our latest marketing plan.

-- Matt Donnelly, Christianity On-Line