God Has Heard Your Prayer!

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Zechariah was a Jewish priest. He and his wife Elizabeth wanted to have children, but Elizabeth was barren. They had prayed for many years, but their prayers were not answered. Now that they were well past childbearing years, it is very likely that they had stopped praying and had accepted the fact that they would die childless…

How about Italian?

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By Andrew Conrad Sheryl and I were in language training school in McAllen, Texas.  We were going to school full time, living on missionary support for the first time in our lives, and enjoying the challenges of living… Read More

Releasing Your Faith

Mark 11:21-26 has been a great encouragement to me over the years. It is the account of Jesus cursing the fig tree. When Peter commented on what had happened to the tree, Jesus said we should have “faith in… Read More

The Everlasting Gospel or Plan B?


An author I read recently was emphasizing the importance of having an alternate plan in case the original plan failed. He called it “Plan B.” That is good advice. We all experience failure. No matter how well we… Read More

Which Art in Heaven


In his book Kneeling with Giants, Gary Neal Hansen explores the methods of prayer practiced by the renowned of Christendom. He devotes an entire chapter to Martin Luther and allows the Reformer to expound the virtues of the… Read More

This Unresolved Issue of Death

It happened again for the umpteenth time. I called to tell an old friend about recent deaths in my family, and she flipped to a tale of the death of someone she knew. It’s not that I was… Read More

In the Beauty of His Holiness

Our adult Sunday school class is studying the Book of Esther this summer, and God is exposing truths this eager learner has never seen before. For instance, He said one key to understanding the ancient story is simply… Read More

Living Parables

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Scripture says of itself that all of it is God-breathed; all of it is inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16). Maybe we have done well to memorize a portion of scripture and to ingest the Spirit of Holy… Read More

Staying in Tune

You are sick and ask for prayer. People respond, “We’re thinking about you.” Or, “We’re sending vibes your way.” We have already talked about the biblical perspective of thought in two previous blogs. But what about vibes? Is… Read More

More on Thoughts and Vibes

Gene’s soft Texas drawl is always a blessing to hear on the other end of the phone. We chatted a few minutes and learned the health status of one another and our respective spouses. Just before signing off with the usual “We-love-you-all-please-call-again-soon,” I gushed out, “It was really good to hear your voice, Gene. You all are often in my