Tag Archives: trust

Jumping to Wrong Conclusions

Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” Mark 3:20-21 I was traveling on a bus in western Turkey with […]

Feeble Faith

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24 A father brought his demon-possessed deaf and mute son to the disciples of Jesus. They were unable to help. Jesus came on the scene. The demon threw the […]

All Will Be Well

While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:35-36 It so often happens. We pray, but the answer we seek is […]

Never Stop Worshipping

In the last years of her life, Corrie ten Boom, author of The Hiding Place and honored for her work in sparing the lives of Jewish people from the Nazis, often began her testimony by holding up before the audience a piece of embroidered cloth. First, she showed the beauty of the embroidered side with […]

Is It Payback Time?

Newspaper columnist and minister George Crane tells of a wife who came into his office full of hatred toward her husband. “I do not only want to get rid of him, I want to get even. Before I divorce him, I want to hurt him as much as he has me.” David feels just like […]

David Learned to Look Up. You Can Too.

I stood at the base of a great Egyptian pyramid and watched pensively as a friend and a guide ascended the giant stones on a moonlit night. I worried for their safety—with good reason. Other tourists had fallen to their death making the same attempt. Jerry made it to the top. Afterward he recounted that […]

The Emotional Fight of Your Life

Marian Evans, who wrote under the pen name George Eliot, described the beauty of friendship: “Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words but to pour them all out together, knowing that a faithful friend will take and sift them, keeping what is […]

Encouragement for the Under Siege (Psalm 46)

Imagine living within a walled city under siege from a foreign army. Soldiers milling and marching on all four sides, siege ramparts under construction, and the terror of flying firebrands from outside. Add to that the lack of food, the prospect of death or slavery, ravaged families, and loss of communication with the outside world. […]

The Alphabet of Trust (Psalm 25)

David spoke and wrote in the Hebrew language, which has twenty-two letters in the alphabet rather than our twenty-six. Psalm 25 finds him in a low moment when he is thinking and praying through the A to Z of his pain. Thus, with only minor omissions, each of the twenty-two verses of Psalm 25 begins […]