“Where are you, God?” Every thinking believer has whispered that desperate prayer at least once, and some have said it many times. A large part of our human dilemma is that God in judgment gave Adam and Eve and their descendants part of what they said they wanted—to be free from him. So he withdrew, at least visibly. People no longer heard his voice or “footsteps” in their gardens.
Until the birth of Christ, that is. An older priest named... Read More
“All You Need Is Love” was a hit anthem for the Beatles in 1967. It’s kind of a hippie cliché, isn’t it? And yet it’s true. We are all hungry, even starving, for love. We all need to be validated, to be of value to somebody. How could we trust in a God whom we feared or who seemed to despise us?
But here’s what’s really going on: in his personal love letter to the human race, which we call... Read More
“Every day, in every way, I am becoming better and better.” Steady repetition of this phrase is how French psychotherapist Émile Coué taught people at his clinic in Nancy to will themselves into a better future. This type of autosuggestion came to be called “Couéism” and found many followers.
People want badly to believe that the world is steadily evolving into a higher state. Science fiction novels and movies sometimes portray ideal societies where people have progressed beyond the need... Read More
How many times do you think you have spoken the words of the Lord’s Prayer? A hundred? A thousand? How many times have you said, “Your will be done on earth as in heaven?” Do you mean what you are praying? Did you realize that every time you say those things you are asserting that God’s agenda is more important than yours?
Some people find their trust in God draining away because he doesn’t seem to be doing what they... Read More
My grandfather used to say, “When you’ve got your nose in Limburger cheese, the whole world stinks.” The point? Whatever intense emotion you are experiencing right now will color your entire worldview. If you are in pain right now, it can be very hard to be optimistic, to trust that your future will ever be better.
I used to think that old people moved around and walked in that slow, stiff, crooked way because they were losing coordination or eyesight.... Read More
The saints in Old Testament times had only promises that the Messiah, the Servant of the Lord, would live again after his suffering and death. You and I have the fabulous advantage to hear the story of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ as an accomplished fact. And yet--there is a downside here. Since Easter is old news, some of the suspense and anticipation can leak out of our celebrations and our hearts. When there's no tension, there's no relief.... Read More
There is plenty of blame to go around for the horrible crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The religious leaders of the Israelite people plotted his midnight arrest. Judas betrayed him with a kiss. The Jewish council convicted him on trumped-up charges. The Roman legal system sacrificed him to quiet a mob.
Does it surprise you to know that behind it all was the punishing hand of God the Father? Seriously! The prophet Isaiah takes us behind the scenes to see the... Read More
The evening of Jesus’ arrest and condemnation in Jewish and Roman courts began quietly with the annual Passover meal in an upper room in Jerusalem. Jesus used those final golden hours of freedom as a teaching retreat. Much of what he said and did shocked the disciples: he knelt and washed their feet, he predicted his death and resurrection, and then he said this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you... Read More
It’s hard to trust in God for the future if you think that your present life is a dry, parched desert. The evil one works very hard on your head to convince you that you have nothing, that you are doomed to a life of disappointment and frustration. He massages your wounded ego to seduce you into thinking that you’ve been cheated in life, that nothing is working for you nor ever will.
That’s not reality, though; it’s just ignorance.... Read More