Fear Not… But

We’ve been scared before. I remember the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1961. I was a little girl, and didn’t really know much about what was happening, but I had heard enough and had watched enough war movies to be terrified when I heard a plane flying overhead. Like the adults around me, I was relieved … More Fear Not… But

Empty Hands

A few days ago I listened to a story told by one of my favourite Bible teachers.* She told of growing up on a farm in Oklahoma, where the business of farm life meant she rarely got to go to the summer carnivals her friends attended. One day, a neighbour asked her mother if they … More Empty Hands

Broken, Not Forsaken

Recently, I watched a Facebook video where John Tesh shared his testimony about talking to his disease about God. It reminded me of one of my own testimonies, and I share it here to encourage you. It is only one example of how God brings healing to those who hope in Him, whether we are … More Broken, Not Forsaken

Five First Christmases

The Sunday before Christmas 1991 dawned bright and crisp, and our city was a glistening Christmas card after Saturday’s snow storm. Noisy snow squeaked underfoot as I trudged hurriedly to the entrance of the church. I was the worship leader and running late. I had dawdled way too long at home, mulling over whether or … More Five First Christmases

Luke 24: A New Chapter

Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter

Luke 23: When it is Dry

This time of Jesus’ life has been the subject of wondrous art forms through centuries, and presented on screen by various production companies in recent decades. It is his walk through the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Suffering, to Golgotha. As we look back on the scene as written here, we might easily overlook one … More Luke 23: When it is Dry

Luke 22: The Beginning

We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning

Luke 21: Your Redemption

If you’ve already read this chapter, you’ll understand why this is the most difficult to write about, up to this point, at least. They were in the temple again, and after someone spoke about its beautiful stones and gifts, Jesus responded, I believe, in order to initiate a discussion about what certainly would happen in … More Luke 21: Your Redemption

Luke 20: The Debates

Jesus was teaching in the temple again that day, and preaching the gospel. The chief priests, scribes and elders came up to him, questioning him about who gave him the authority to “do these things.” It’s not clear if “these things” meant, simply, teaching the people who listened with rapt attention, or if it included … More Luke 20: The Debates