Month: September 2019

Eat and Repeat

When Kerry and Paul got married, neither one knew how to cook. But one night Kerry decided to try her hand at spaghetti. She ended up making lots of sauce and too many noodles, so the couple had it for dinner again the next day. On the third day, Paul volunteered to cook, doubling the amount of pasta and sauce, hoping the huge pot would last through the weekend. As the couple sat down for dinner that night, however, it was Kerry who confessed, “I’m sick of spaghetti.”

Just imagine eating the same meal as the Israelites did—for forty years. Each morning…

NEW: What's the most important thing at Christmas?

What's the most important thing at Christmas? will introduce those you know to what Christmas is all about, who Jesus really is and how He makes us part of God’s family forever. Invite your loved ones to see that all the details of the Christmas story direct us to look past the Baby in a manger—to instead focus on the Man…

A Ready Remedy

Following the park guide, I scribbled notes as he taught about the plants of the Bahamian primeval forest. He told us which trees to avoid. The Poison wood tree, he said, secretes a black sap that causes a painful, itchy rash. But not to worry! The antidote could usually be found growing right next it. “Cut into the red bark of the Gum Elemi tree,” he said, “and rub the sap on the rash. It will immediately begin to heal.”

I nearly dropped my pencil in astonishment. I hadn’t expected to find a picture of salvation in the forest. But in…

A Ready Remedy

Following the park guide, I scribbled notes as he taught about the plants of the Bahamian primeval forest. He told us which trees to avoid. The Poison wood tree, he said, secretes a black sap that causes a painful, itchy rash. But not to worry! The antidote could usually be found growing right next it. “Cut into the red bark of the Gum Elemi tree,” he said, “and rub the sap on the rash. It will immediately begin to heal.”

I nearly dropped my pencil in astonishment. I hadn’t expected to find a picture of salvation in the forest. But in…

Oscar BaAye

Oscar BaAye

Who Am I?

Dave enjoyed his job, but for a long time he had sensed a pull toward something else. Now he was about to fulfill his dream and step into mission work. But strangely, he began to have serious doubts.

“I don’t deserve this,” he told a friend. “The mission board doesn’t know the real me. I’m not good enough.”

Dave has some pretty good company. Mention the name of Moses and we think of leadership, strength, and the Ten Commandments. We tend to forget that Moses fled to the desert after murdering a man. We lose sight of his forty years as a…

“Just the Office”?

I gazed out at the rolling green hills in Lancashire in northern England, noticing the stone fences enclosing some sheep dotted around the hills. Puffy clouds moved across the bright sky, and I inhaled deeply, drinking in the sight. When I remarked about the beautiful scene to the woman working at the retreat center I was visiting, she said, “You know, I never used to notice it before our guests would point it out. We’ve lived here for years, and when we were farmers, this was just the office!”

We can easily miss the gift of what’s right in front of…

“Just the Office”?

I gazed out at the rolling green hills in Lancashire in northern England, noticing the stone fences enclosing some sheep dotted around the hills. Puffy clouds moved across the bright sky, and I inhaled deeply, drinking in the sight. When I remarked about the beautiful scene to the woman working at the retreat center I was visiting, she said, “You know, I never used to notice it before our guests would point it out. We’ve lived here for years, and when we were farmers, this was just the office!”

We can easily miss the gift of what’s right in front of…

Understanding the Bible: The Letters of Paul

When writing to churches and individuals, the apostle Paul’s letters were filled with practical instruction for daily living as well as deep, theological insights. Understanding why Paul wrote these letters helps us to apply these truths to our lives in light of the gospel. Let’s take a few moments to …

Live Like Jesus Is Coming

I’m inspired by Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” In it he describes some of the exciting “bucket list” things a man did after receiving some bad news about his health. He also chose to love and forgive people more freely—speaking to them more tenderly. The song recommends that we live well, as if knowing our lives will end soon.

This song reminds us that our time is limited. It’s important for us to not put off for tomorrow what we can do today, because one day we’ll run out of tomorrows. This is particularly urgent for believers in…

NEW: What's the most important thing at Christmas?

What's the most important thing at Christmas? will introduce those you know to what Christmas is all about, who Jesus really is and how He makes us part of God’s family forever. Invite your loved ones to see that all the details of the Christmas story direct us to look past the Baby in a manger—to instead focus on the Man…

NEW: Christmas Card set

Share your season’s greetings and the Christmas story with our Christmas card set. The set includes one copy each of the Christmas card, envelope and What's the most important thing at Christmas?

What's the most important thing at Christmas? fits snugly inside the card and will introduce those you know to what Christmas is all about, who Jesus really is and how He…

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