Be Happy or Else

Be Happy or Else

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up […]

De Profundis

“Out of the depths I call to you, Lord! Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help.” (Psalm 130:1–2, CSB) My mom used to say I was “trouble” with a capital T. It doesn’t offend me. Partly because it’s true. But also because trouble is a part of […]

It’s OK to Be like Christ (Heb. 5:5-9)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

“A disciple is not above his teacher, or a slave above his master. It is enough for a disciple to become like his teacher and a slave like his master” (Matt. 10:24-25). If you don’t have higher ambitions than that – If it’s enough for you to be like Jesus, today’s chapter provides some profound insights into what the Person you want to resemble was like.

God Never Wastes Suffering (2 Cor. 1:3-9)

The apostles had learned what their Master had modeled: that suffering is easier to bear if you know it is accomplishing God’s purposes …for God’s people, suffering is never wasted. Today’s “WT” reveals two ways God makes good use of our troubles.

Schadenfreude

Getting ready for bed last night, there were signs…the onset. As the sun rose this morning, it had arrived. A real malady.  I felt like the hero in Kafka’s short story, The Metamorphosis, who woke up one morning to find he had turned into a giant bug overnight!  When your wife wakes up, looks you […]

Resurrection Power for the American Church

The story is told of Thomas Aquinas walking with a prelate through one of the grand cathedrals of his day. Referring to a coffer filled with precious coins, the prelate remarked, “Behold, Master Thomas, the church can no longer say, as St. Peter, ‘Silver and gold have I none!’” St. Thomas was apparently quick with […]