I once read an interesting story about an old miner who lived isolated in the mountains of Colorado. When he unexpectedly passed away, a few of his distant relatives came to collect anything of his that was worthwhile. The family members arrived only to find a rusted-over shack full of mining equipment and dirt. As they gathered the few possessions the old miner had and set off on their way, a friend of the miner appeared with a few empty boxes. Confused and quite annoyed, the family members exclaimed that everything else in the house was his and that they already found the small bit of junk that might be worth something. In gratitude, the friend immediately went into the shack, pulled up a single piece of the floor, and began to expose heaps of gold the old miner had … Read More »
It’s strange to see him out here. The all-star apostle Peter stands in a cold courtyard by a warm fire when a girl asks him, “You’re one of His, aren’t you?” She points inside to a man whose hands are tightly wrapped in rope and whose face is bloodied and bruised where the Romans had waylaid Him with their fists.
Peter realizes if he says yes, he may end up right next to Jesus, but he can’t deny Him. Simon doesn’t have to swing a sword to wield incredible power because God gave us incredible power in our words. His words would either confirm he is His or he is not. You can cut the suspense in the air with a butter knife. He shakes his head and says, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Another girl points him out, … Read More »
It’s the twenty-first century, so by now most of us all have these wonderful handheld devices we call smart phones. We can do almost anything on our phones; you think of it and there is probably a way for it to happen. Most of us use our phones whether it is bright or dark inside a room. On the phone we have the option to have the screen brightness on auto or control. On auto, the brightness on the phone screen will change depending on the light around it. On control, the user is in control of the brightness at all times. He or she can choose if they want it bright or dim. The screen will stay bright even when it is around darkness. This brings me to the question: is our light on auto or is God in … Read More »
Ahhh the first job. The first paycheck. Graduating from piggybank to a legitimate savings account. The first time having a consistent tithing routine. What great memories. I know our readers here range from middle school to college students, so let’s talk mowing lawns and working the register in the university book store. Let’s talk babysitting and collecting shopping carts (carriages or buggies depending on where you live) from the Walmart parking lot. Let’s talk working at the local daycare and interning at the law office. Okay, I think we get the point. Let’s talk “Jobs and Jesus.”
Our first jobs truly are important. They teach valuable communication skills, time management and responsibility, and they offer teamwork experience and provide invaluable opportunities to make mistakes and learn how to fail forward. I remember my first job. When I was in high school, … Read More »
Here in the Midwest we love our seasons. We welcome the warmth and brightness of spring, we celebrate the long hot days and suntans that summer brings, we long for the cozy cool rituals that fall offers, and the promise of snow and customs in winter. While not every season is loved by all, each is important to the next and prepares the way for the one to follow. We gain our perspective of seasons through calendars, textbooks, and experience, understanding that winter will start to release its hold somewhere around March; summer will show up somewhere around June and wave goodbye in September.
I’ve often found myself wishing for a calendar for my own life—an outline for how long I could expect certain seasons to persist—something that could help me make sense of my surroundings. Many of us … Read More »