How can you secure your future when established businesses such as Hertz, J. Crew, and Neiman Marcus declared bankruptcy this year? We’ve watched local businesses close, people lose jobs or hours at work, and donations to churches and ministries plunge. On top of that, many people separated from friends, family, and fellow believers are suffering from lack of emotional support.
Our family includes two standard poodles. They’re playful, affectionate, and smart. When they were young, they also loved to romp in the mud.
A photo of Max and Cosette standing at my French doors with topknots flattened by rain and mud up to their necks reminds me of this stage. They couldn’t understand why I didn’t swing open the door to welcome them inside when they were so pleased with themselves.
Of course, you know why I didn’t let them in. Muddy dogs—even dearly loved ones—contaminate all they touch.
I don’t know why young poodles are drawn to mud. Neither do I understand why I’m drawn to fear and worry. Attraction to bad news must be universal because that’s what news programs cover. It should be called the 6 o’clock bad news!Continue Reading
I grew up with Sunday Blue Laws. Most stores and businesses closed, and construction work ceased on Sundays so the American workforce could rest. Slowly, Sunday became like every other day. Stores opened, kid’s sports teams competed, and families were drawn hither and yon. Today some malls issue hefty fines to stores that won’t open on Sundays.
Then came COVID-19. Businesses and playgrounds stilled, not for one day, but for months on end. Reviewing the Lord’s commandments on taking a Sabbath rest, I thought of the quarantine and wondered if God allowed the shut-down to get us off of the hamster wheel. The connection between rest, faith, and holiness struck me anew.Continue Reading
Love makes the world go ’round. Love songs move our hearts, and love moves people to heroic deeds. So, what is love? And what role does it play in everyday life?
The Bible says God is love (1 Jn. 4:8). The One who spoke the world into being, chose the color of your eyes, and holds the planets in place—is love. No wonder love stories move us. Love permeates creation.
Love is more than a feeling. True love reveals itself in action. It compels the pampered prince to take up his sword and fight the fire-breathing dragon to rescue his beloved. Love causes parents to set limits, consider homeschooling, and endure sulking to protect their children from possible danger. It sent Jesus to the cross to rescue us from sin and death (Jn. 15:13).
The Great Masquerade
No wonder the enemy of our souls works so hard to distort love. The Bible says Satan and his followers masquerade as angels of light (2 Cor. 11:13-14). In other words, they pretend to represent good. They pretend to care. But their concerned façade covers their endless appetite to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10).Continue Reading