Fear

By Mark Witas— When my wife and I were first married, we only had one car, a little grey Honda Civic. We worked at a boarding academy where the administration/classroom building was about a quarter mile from the dorm. I was at the dorm and needed to get to the ad building, so I called my wife and asked her to come from her classroom to pick me up. The car rolled into the circle in front of the dorm. I bounced down the stairs, jumped into the front seat, and leaned in hard to give my wife a kiss [...]

Fear2018-05-25T20:45:18-07:00

A Good Race

By Becky De Oliveira— I ran my first marathon in 2013 when I was 41. The runners were of all shapes and sizes. All ages. All ethnicities. Some looked super marathon-ready, like they’d been training all their lives. Indeed, one Australian participant was in the midst of his bid for a world record—aiming to run 160 marathons in a single year. He had run the Indianapolis marathon the day before and was dressed—appropriately, I thought—as Superman. There were people who, frankly, seemed too fat to run, and I found myself surprised over and over again by how many people are [...]

A Good Race2018-05-18T18:19:33-07:00

God’s Little Children

By E. Preston Smith— It is not enough to be called a child of God, because mature people often feel no need of their parents’ care. They feel that they can care for themselves. Jesus said, “Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3, KJV). Little children are totally dependent on their parents for all things. Total dependence on God is our lifelong need.  No matter how old we are, we cannot be victorious Christians unless we are totally dependent on Jesus. In Hebrews 12:2, we are reminded [...]

God’s Little Children2018-05-10T16:38:24-07:00

Between Loving and Loss

By Ray Tetz— There’s an odd story in the book of Second Kings. It tells of a wealthy woman who notices the needs of the itinerant prophet Elisha and generously shares what she has with him.   She and her husband have a little rooftop room made for him, with a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp. It is a simple place for a holy man—a retreat. Whenever Elisha travels through her town, he stays there. One day, motivated by gratitude, Elisha wonders how he can bless the woman, just as she has blessed him. He quizzes his servant [...]

Between Loving and Loss2018-05-05T16:03:50-07:00