The Story of the Blind Beggar

The Story of the Blind Beggar

Accompanying Jesus on the Road to Jericho (Luke 18) The crowd jostles us as we walk down the dusty road, accompanying Jesus on his way to Jericho. We hear a beggar hollering from a distance. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.” We walk further, drawing close to...
God is Sovereign and Good

God is Sovereign and Good

The Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian I am sitting on my screened-in porch, enjoying the gentle breeze and listening to the quail sing “bob-white.” I praise God for being merciful. He held Hurricane Dorian off of the coast of Florida, Georgia and South...
Is Prayer Restricted by Age?

Is Prayer Restricted by Age?

God’s Spirit nudged me, urging me to ask a seemingly ridiculous, possibly rhetorical, question. Is prayer restricted by age? Praying with Children Last week, I had the pleasure of serving as a “prayer angel” at our vacation Bible school. My responsibilities were...
LORD, Help My Unbelief

LORD, Help My Unbelief

Mark 9:14-29 Have you ever been embarrassed—flushed cheeks and all—by a movie’s leading character? That’s how I feel every time I read Mark’s account of “The Healing of the Boy with the Unclean Spirit” (Mark 9:14-29). I want to signal, “Hush!” before the...

Grandparents Day of Prayer

If you wander through a Hallmark store during the final weeks of August, you’ll notice cards celebrating National Grandparents Day. You won’t find any cards for Grandparents Day of Prayer, even though its date coincides with National Grandparents Day. Grandparents Day...
STRETCHER-BEARERS

STRETCHER-BEARERS

Who are the Stretcher-Bearers? Let’s consider a familiar Gospel story–the story of the four stretcher-bearers and the paralytic (Luke 5:17-26)–in a not-so-familiar fashion. Instead of a story about faith and friendship, let’s consider it as a...