A New Name

Jesus looked at him, and said, . . . “You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter). John 1:42 In the article “Leading by Naming,” Mark Labberton wrote about the power of a name. He said: “I can still feel the impact of a musical friend who one day...

The Good Shepherd

He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart. Isaiah 40:11 I sat in the hospital room with my husband, waiting anxiously. Our young son was having corrective eye surgery and I felt the butterflies jostle in my stomach as I fretted and worried....

Wake-Up Call!

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Revelation 3:2 During the years when I traveled frequently and stayed in a different city every night, I always scheduled a wake-up call when I checked...

From Worms to War

he Lord said to [Gideon], “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” Judges 6:23 It was ten-year-old Cleo’s first time fishing, and as he looked into the container of bait he seemed hesitant to get started. Finally he said to my husband, “Help me, I-S-O-W!”...

If I Knew Then . . .

In his great mercy [God] has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3 On the way to work, I listened to the song “Dear Younger Me,” which asks: If you could go back, knowing what you know now, what would...