No More Prejudice – Our Daily Bread – March 4, 2014

A 2010 survey by Newsweekcontained some startling statistics: 57 percent of hiring managers believe an unattractive (but qualified) job candidate would have a harder time getting hired; 84 percent of managers said their bosses would hesitate before hiring a qualified older candidate; 64 percent of hiring managers said they believe companies should be allowed to hire people based on appearance. All are clear examples of unacceptable … Continue reading No More Prejudice – Our Daily Bread – March 4, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Big Spring – February 28, 2014

The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life. —John4:14 In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a remarkable natural wonder—a pool about 40 feet deep and 300 feet across that Native Americans called “Kitch-iti-kipi,” or “the big cold water.” Today it is known as The Big Spring. It is fed by underground springs that push … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Big Spring – February 28, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Consider The Lilies – February 27, 2014

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. —Psalm 19:1 I enjoy nature and giving praise to its Creator, but I sometimes wrongly feel guilty for admiring it too much. Then I remember that Jesus used nature as a teaching tool. To encourage people not to worry, He used simple wildflowers as an example. “Consider the lilies,” He said, and … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Consider The Lilies – February 27, 2014

Our Daily Bread — “Lie Down” – February 25, 2014

He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. —Psalm 23:2-3 Our golden retriever can get so overly excited that he will go into a seizure. To prevent that from happening, we try to calm him. We stroke him, speak to him in a soothing voice, and tell him to lie down. But when … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — “Lie Down” – February 25, 2014

Empty Fort Strategy

In the Chinese historical novelRomance of the Three Kingdoms, author Luo Guanzhong describes the “Empty Fort Strategy,” a use of reverse psychology to deceive the enemy. When 150,000 troops from the Wei Kingdom reached Xicheng, which had less than 2,500 soldiers, they found the city gate wide open and the famous military tactician Zhuge Liang calmly playing the zither with two children beside him. The … Continue reading Empty Fort Strategy

Our Daily Bread — Covering Sinkholes – February 20, 2014

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. —Psalm 32:1 In late May 2010, tropical storm Agatha hit Central America, producing torrential rains and landslides. Once it finished its course, a 200-foot-deep sinkhole opened in downtown Guatemala City. This sinkhole caused the ground to collapse suddenly, sucking land, electrical poles, and a 3-story building into the depths of the earth. Though sinkholes … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Covering Sinkholes – February 20, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Why Cause Grief? – February 16, 2014

Obey those who rule over you, . . . for they watch out for your souls. —Hebrews 13:17 Pastors make an easy target for criticism. Every week they are on display, carefully explaining God’s Word, challenging us toward Christlike living. But sometimes we look to find things to criticize. It’s easy to overlook all the good things a pastor does and focus on our personal opinions. … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Why Cause Grief? – February 16, 2014

The Great Creator-Healer

A few years ago, I had a rather serious skiing accident and severely tore the muscles in one of my legs. In fact, my doctor told me that the tear caused excessive bleeding. The healing process was slow, but during that time of waiting I found myself in awe of our great Creator (see Col. 1:16). I’ve wrinkled a few car fenders in my lifetime … Continue reading The Great Creator-Healer

Character Or Reputation? – Our Daily Bread – February 13, 2014

Legendary basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) believed that character is far more important than reputation. “Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be by others,” Coach Wooden often told his players, “but your character is what you really are. You’re the only one that knows your character. You can fool others, but you can’t fool yourself.” In the book of Revelation, we find the words … Continue reading Character Or Reputation? – Our Daily Bread – February 13, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Who’s That Hero? – February 7, 2014

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. —Matthew 5:16 Reading the book of Judges, with its battles and mighty warriors, can sometimes feel like reading about comic book superheroes. We have Deborah, Barak, Gideon, and Samson. However, in the line of judges (or deliverers), we also find Othniel. The account of his life … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Who’s That Hero? – February 7, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Before And After – February 6, 2014

Give ear to my prayer, O God . . . . My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. —Psalm 55:1,4 What changes take place in a life of faith after severe testing? I thought of this as I read the tragic story of a Jamaican dad who accidentally shot and killed his 18-year-old daughter while trying … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Before And After – February 6, 2014

Our Daily Bread — An Important Command – February 4, 2014

When asked by a lawyer to identify the most important rule in life, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). In those words, Jesus summed up what God most desires from us. I wonder how I can possibly learn to love God with all my heart, … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — An Important Command – February 4, 2014

Our Daily Bread — Better Than Planned – January 28, 2014

Giving thanks always for all things. —Ephesians 5:20 Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned. Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions. Rudeness. Laziness. Impatience. Incompetence. What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — Better Than Planned – January 28, 2014

Our Daily Bread — The Wonder Of The Cross – January 27, 2014

[Look] unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross. —Hebrews 12:2 While visiting Australia, I had the opportunity on a particularly clear night to see the Southern Cross. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, this constellation is one of the most distinctive. Mariners and navigators began relying on it as early as the … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — The Wonder Of The Cross – January 27, 2014

Our Daily Bread — An Ordinary Day – January 25, 2014

Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. —Matthew 24:42 While exploring a museum exhibit titled “A Day in Pompeii,” I was struck by the repeated theme that August 24, ad 79 began as an ordinary day. People were going about their daily business in homes, markets, and at the port of this prosperous Roman town of 20,000 people. At8 a.m., a series of … Continue reading Our Daily Bread — An Ordinary Day – January 25, 2014