Friending God

Here is a quote from my grandsons' The Jesus Storybook Bible we gave them for Christmas. "This is how God will rescue the whole world [Jesus says]. My life will break and God's broken world will mend. My heart will tear apart—and your hearts will heal … I won't be with you long. You are…Read more Friending God


Charles Spurgeon quoted Cicero, “Friendship is the only thing in the world concerning the usefulness of which all mankind are agreed.” Friends are a necessary gift and blessing to all us. Therefore it becomes important for us to understand the power of friendship. It begins with choice. Friends choose one another. Siblings don't choose one…Read more Friendship

Synopsis 2-25-17

After putting it off for too long, I submitted to outpatient surgery to remove the excess skin obscuring my eyesight. Procrastinating was easy because other than looking droopy eyed it wasn't stopping me from studying until lately. A field vision test persuaded me it was the correct decision. Well, the surgery is over, and my family…Read more Synopsis 2-25-17

Watching A Dream Flourish

Sunday Morning at Woodland while worshipping with our congregation a deep joy flowed through me. Eric, one of our young men home for the Thanksgiving weekend, led us in worship. Behind him was another student, Noah, home from Valley Forge, was playing guitar. Eric's parents were singing and Noah's Dad was playing bass. It was…Read more Watching A Dream Flourish

Two Students and a Book I’m Reading

Two of our students stopped to visit with me in my study at Woodland, last week.  Listening to them was deeply gratifying (one is a graduating high school and the other just completed their first year of college).  Their life plans center around their desire to love God with all of their hearts.  I've watched them grow up for…Read more Two Students and a Book I’m Reading

Advent Fasting Reveals Emotional Hunger

"Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we…Read more Advent Fasting Reveals Emotional Hunger

People bringing Hope in Detroit

I've been in Detroit quite a bit the last couple of weeks and I've witnessed something encouraging, "People bringing Hope."  In some ways the city is making a comeback.  Small business are opening, restaurants and independent coffee shops staffed by energetic, idealistic and hard working young men and women serve the business owners and their…Read more People bringing Hope in Detroit

From Wrath to Restoration

"You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you." Matthew 5:4, Message Grief easily morphs into fear, when you have lost the dearest thing in the world to yourself. Suddenly your tears, angst and pain explode in your…Read more From Wrath to Restoration