Prayer for Hope

Holy Father, Thank You for being a God Who keeps Your promises (Joshua 21:45). Unlike people who make promises without follow-through, You fulfill what You say when You accomplish Your plans (Lamentations 2:17). You are attentive to Your Word so that it actualizes Your purpose (Jeremiah 1:12). Amid our pain, You’ve provided a promise for every problem. As we meditate …

The Necessity of Tears

“Your churches have much,” the convocation speaker summarized. Since he hailed from the People’s Republic of China, I assumed his visit to the Taiwan Baptist Seminary proved impressive. After all, Christians here in democratic Taiwan knew unlimited freedom. He’d mentioned our liberty to worship, pray, and evangelize, all of which stimulated a sense of pride among professors and students alike. …

The Impassible Ravine

Sometimes, a path of righteousness leads directly into the shadow of death. This is a shock to most of us, but our childhood Psalm outlines this very outcome clearly. “He guides me in the paths of righteousness…I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:3-4).  Without any blatant “wrong-doing” on our part, without a misstep, we will …

All or Nothing

I ducked my head and stepped into the cramped, dank room. Pausing to let my eyes adjust to the inky darkness, a hundred beady eyes glared my way.    Distrust and fear seemed to be a prerequisite for entry and I felt a still, small voice checking my motive.  I took a deep breath and stepped onto the dingy floor.   I …

“You are with Me”

  “MARK! WATCH OUT!”   My husband jerked the steering wheel but still grazed the parked motorcycle with our car. It was the second minor driving accident in two days.    Being the calm, soothing wife that I am, I asked, “What’s WRONG with you? You are driving like a mad man. Can’t you SEE????”   His negative answer surprised me. “Not …

The Bible on Autism

Linda’s eyes stared past the present as she verbalized the questions her heart had been asking for years.   “I’ve always felt guilty for my son’s Aspergers. Was it my fault? Could I have done something differently to change the outcome? Could I have caught it earlier and reduced his symptoms? Did my attitude aggregate his symptoms?”   The ladies in …

Mere Shadows

Have you ever thought about how heavenly reality is actually more tangible our physical reality?   We know that when Moses was instructed to make the tabernacle, God told him to make it “according to the pattern” that He showed Moses (Exodus 25:9; Acts 7:44).    This wasn’t some random blueprint that God thought might look good. No, it was …

“You are with me”

  “MARK! WATCH OUT!”   My husband jerked the steering wheel but still grazed the parked motorcycle with our car.    It was the second minor driving accident in two days.    Being the calm, soothing wife that I am, I asked, “What is WRONG with you? Just because everyone else here in Asia seems to drive like a mad …