I realize that equating hope to a pillow sounds a bit too cutesy, so just hear me out. William Gurnall lived in the 1600’s and wrote about the relationship between hope and patience. If we have reasons to hope we are more likely to be patient: “patience is the back where the Christian carries his … Continue reading Hope is a… pillow?
Neil Anderson fought in the Second World War. His unit was facing what was known as the Siegfried line, a set of defence fortifications facing German’s border with France. Looking out over the landscape it seemed harmless. But a keen eye determined that what looked like a normal barn was actually a well-camouflaged bunker housing … Continue reading Aiming ammo at allies?
Jesus summoned Peter to follow him even though he was imperfect. One of the reasons we relate to Peter so well is because he messes up—just like us! Peter is a reminder that we follow Jesus faithfully, not perfectly. In Luke 5 Jesus told Peter to throw out his nets for a catch of fish. … Continue reading You don’t have to be Jesus
“When [Jesus] had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets’” (Luke 5:4-5). I find great inspiration and comfort from Peter, … Continue reading Because you say so
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). As far as I can tell, … Continue reading Comfortis
A monk shared an experience with theologian Karl Barth: “One evening, being choirmaster of his monastery, he was chanting the Magnificat with his confrères, when suddenly a French shell crashed through the roof and exploded in the nave of the church. But the smoke thinned away and the Magnifcat continued.”* Even the violence and chaos … Continue reading It exploded, but praise continued
You’re not at your best. None of us are. Living through a pandemic—especially through lockdowns—is no walk in the park. Nor is continued political turmoil, fear of illness, or uncertainty about the future. Today I offer a word of comfort. In Luke 4:40 we read: “At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had … Continue reading You don’t have it all together; but he does
In yesterday’s devotional I encouraged you to acknowledge that the battle of spiritual warfare is real. God is on the warpath against evil, sin, and darkness—and many of his foot soldiers are often taking a nap. Neil Anderson and Timothy Warner observe: “The difference between military warfare and spiritual warfare is that we are always … Continue reading Live securely (in the midst of battle)
“In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an impure spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice, “Go away! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. “Come … Continue reading The battle is real
“Only strong people are close to God. Only smart people know anything about God.” In case it’s not obvious, those two sentences are incorrect! But we still tend to let those kinds of thoughts creep into our heads, don’t we? And yet. God shows grace to the humble (James 4:6). And your salvation is something … Continue reading Only strong and smart people?