Bonbons from Heaven

The height and depth and breadth of parables happen around us all the time. But sometimes, you must wait a lifetime to realize the significance of the moment. Kernels of truth dropped in mundane soil will bear fruit only when given space in your memory. My parable starts with a sticky preschooler I knew well and was trying to raise …

The Realm of the Possible

There’s a dimension where all things are possible. A realm where the tangled becomes loose, and the unfeasible becomes achievable. Images of the place appear in our dreams, but we seldom access the sphere during daylight hours. We’re vaguely aware of its presence, yet we rarely enter. This place is very close, yet not in our immediate element. Whether located …

New Wine

“In the crushing, In the pressing, You are making new wine.”  (Lyrics to Brooke Ligertwood’s “New Wine”) Personally, I cringe at the thought of the crushing. Pressing hurts the fruit. So, given the choice, I prefer to avoid the process. Yet, as I ponder the operation of wine production, there is no product without a winepress. As I researched, I found …

The Rewarder

Often, the best words on the page are the ones only used once. Explicitly crafted by the author to surprise the reader with insight, a single well-chosen word can open a glorious portal for inspiration. How much more thought-provoking is a word unique to an entire book? I recently stumbled across one such word in the epistle to the Hebrews. Used nowhere …

Fired Faith

Holy Father, Why am I so opposed to going through the fire?  You promised that You would never fail me or forsake me (Joshua 24:20), but somehow I still have my doubts. I confess that when I look back on my life, I see Your complete faithfulness. But then again, there is tomorrow. What’s the deal? It’s that trust thing, …

Finding Reality

Over the last several years, opinions have bombarded me with many ideas. Every thought shared with me contains strong assumptions toward a premise, and I’ve watched friends argue with friends regarding conclusions. On the media, one outlet will trumpet one point of view while another heralds the opposite. Even strong Christians find themselves swimming in a river of mixed reviews, …