Bullies and Babies

Did I get your attention with that title? What I am led to share with you today is an illustration of why I have called my site, “Scripture Comes to Life.” Yesterday morning I went to counsel with two of the men in the re-entry ministry where I serve. Both sessions were powerfully moving. IContinue reading “Bullies and Babies”

Emotional Bruises

Sometimes I notice a bruise somewhere on my body and can’t remember how, when or where I received the injury. Maybe it was when I was looking down at my phone and walked into a doorjamb? Or when I hit my shin on the dishwasher door when it was open? If I think about itContinue reading “Emotional Bruises”

A World with No Christians

There are many in the world these days who would like to silence Christians or get rid of them entirely. Some are Islamic or other religious fundamentalists who see Christianity as a threat to their power or influence, like the Pharisees or Romans in Jesus’ day. Others are offended by the exclusive claims of theContinue reading “A World with No Christians”

Not Walking in Craftiness

This year I decided to walk again through Oswald Chambers’ devotional masterpiece, My Utmost for His Highest. It is consistently both inspiring and convicting in this season of walking ever closer to the Lord. I’ve read these messages many times in past years, but this time I see them in a new way. They speakContinue reading “Not Walking in Craftiness”

Blindness and Sight

I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.”    (Jn 9:39) As in many of the gospel narratives, John 9 involves a very mixed and conflicted cast of characters. First, there is Jesus. He has come from a fiery, provocative discussionContinue reading “Blindness and Sight”

Good Things to Pray For

Scripture tells us that it’s a very good thing we have been connected to heaven by Holy Spirit because Holy Spirit makes intercession for us when we don’t know how to pray (Rom. 8:26). Sometimes all we have are “wordless groans,” and yet, heaven hears them because of the Spirit’s interpretation. This is a greatContinue reading “Good Things to Pray For”

Harvest

After reading through the beautiful story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4) this week, the Holy Spirit highlighted to me Jesus’ discourse about harvest. “Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripeContinue reading “Harvest”

Responding to the Messiah

One of the first blogs I posted on this site was about John the Baptist. I find myself pondering this fascinating character again, in a different light. John was, according to Jesus, the greatest prophet Israel had ever known. His role in advancing the kingdom of God in his lifetime was unique and specifically anointed.Continue reading “Responding to the Messiah”

The Influence of a Life

“The honor of man is short-lived and fleeting. There’s so little difference between man and beast, for both will one day perish. Such is the path of foolish men and those who quote everything they say, for they are here today and gone tomorrow!” (Ps. 49:12-13, TPT) This Psalm caused me to remember and reflectContinue reading “The Influence of a Life”

Hannah, Her Husband, and Her Priest

It happens so often these days that when I read a narrative in the Old Testament or the Gospels or Acts, some detail or dynamic I had never considered before jumps right off the page. This time it happened in the story of Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. Usually we only focus on Hannah’s grief,Continue reading “Hannah, Her Husband, and Her Priest”