Monthly Archives: January 2012

Drink From the Depths

Drink From the Depths “He… gave them drink as out of the great depths.” Psa_78:15 The psalmist is here reviewing the providence of God that sustained the children of Israel in the desert. That providence had made a deep impression on him, and he delights to dwell upon its wonders. There is a sense, I believe, in which the poet… (more…)

The Lost Boys

The Lost Boys “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 One afternoon, while sitting in my hotel room during a break in a conference, I decided to use the time to do some writing. It was quite and private, with little more than the distant sound of traffic passing… (more…)

Sodom’s Time Bomb

Sodom’s Time Bomb “For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.” (Genesis 19:13) So spoke the angels to Lot when they beheld the great iniquity of Sodom, a city which vexed the souls of righteous men and women. Sin… (more…)

What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? “And of the sons of Elam; Mattaniah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, and Abdi, and Jeremoth, and Eliah.” (Ezra 10:26 KJV) This verse is buried twenty-six lines deep in the midst of a long list of laborious names. Very few people would even bother reading it. I guess I’m one of those few. You can see that seven… (more…)

The Unhurried Savior

The Unhurried Savior “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” Luke 8:15 If there is one lesson that stands out in life it is that good things take time to come to fruition. Nothing worthy ever happens quickly. Years ago… (more…)

Breaking Out of the Pack

Breaking Out of the Pack “God the Father has His eye on each of you, and has determined by the work of the Spirit to keep you obedient through the sacrifice of Jesus.” (1 Peter 1:2, The Message) How good is this!? God Himself has His eye on each one of us. That is an extraordinary thing – especially when… (more…)

The Ultimate Understatement

The Ultimate Understatement And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well.” (Mark 7:37) Someone once said, “A discerning eye needs only a hint; and an understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.” The first followers of Jesus had that discerning eye, and bit by bit they slowly realized they were in the… (more…)

Towering Humility

Towering Humility “We were sure of ourselves in God.” (2 Th 2:2, The Message) Most people assume that humility involves some form or other of groveling; that cowering demeanor that bows in an abject manner towards others. And so, when tasked with the charge to “humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord”, we tend toward a somewhat cowering posture… (more…)

Pennies on the Ground

Pennies on the Ground “For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zechariah 4:10) Have you ever found a penny on the ground? Of course you have; probably dozens of them. I’ve asked that question to scores of people all over the place, sometimes even in arena settings where several thousand were present, and have always been answered in… (more…)

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”

“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” “Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.” (Pro 27:20) The Contemporary English Bible puts it this way, “Death and the grave are never satisfied, and neither are we.” There is something in us that is like Death and the Grave; it’s the never-satisfied appetite for more and more. That is… (more…)