Monthly Archives: November 2014

God Is Expectant

Christmas always begins with anticipation. As a child, what I anticipated first was not Christmas but the big annual Sears-Roebuck catalog. When it arrived, my sister and I would turn straight to the toy section and start circling all the things we wished Santa would bring us. During the weeks leading up to the Big […]

Jabez, meet Jesus

While you’re celebrating Thanksgiving Day – you might as well do it every day – remember these words from Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius: “Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.” Remember your blessings, in other words, and the […]

Welcoming what comes

As Advent approaches, with Christmas hard on its heels, one of the first people who come to mind for me this year is Herod. Odd, isn’t it? Sheryl’s attention turns to the Christmas movies showing on the Hallmark Channel and to the lighted reindeer we just put out to graze on the front lawn. My […]

Handling opposition to your faith

Now that you’ve heard about the blessings you’ll receive because you’ve joined up with Team Jesus, it’s time to read the fine print. In the Beatitudes at the beginning of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gives us eight keys to living abundantly, and I’ve spent the last seven weeks looking at them. By now […]

How to reconcile a relationship

Reconciling strained or broken relationships may be the key way to live the abundant life Jesus offers. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” Jesus said, “for they will be called children of God” (Matt. 5:9), they will have a direct genetic relationship with God. Adopting certain practices, joining a church, calling yourself Christian, confessing Jesus as Lord […]

God blesses a heart of integrity

Thursday would have been the ninety-ninth birthday of Ferdinand Friendly Wachenheimer, a man worth remembering on this All Saints Sunday. A war correspondent during World War II and colleague of the great Edward R. Murrow, you probably know him, if you know him at all, as Fred Friendly. A former president of CBS News, Friendly […]