Consider It Pure Joy

Consider It Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.   —James 1:2-4...
Faith Lesson

Faith Lesson

My church always has a children’s message as part of the worship service, so we try to tie it in with the sermon text for the day. One Sunday my text suggested that I speak to the kids about humility. I was stumped. “It would be nice to be able to give them some sort...
When You Sense Something’s Missing

When You Sense Something’s Missing

It was the last day for our adult Sunday School class. We’d been studying a Christian worldview in contrast with other worldviews over the past school year. As the session was ending, one person remarked, “This has been very good. But as we consider a new topic for...
He Comes to Us

He Comes to Us

There’s a couple who live in the environs of Bergen, Norway. Anders and Anne Elisabeth. Last fall, they came to see Ruth and me at our home in Menomonie, Wisconsin. A couple of years previous, they had come to our house in Fergus Falls, Minnesota for an evening with...
Big Talker

Big Talker

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them (Matthew 5:17). There once was a man who was being considered to head up a certain organization. When he came to interview with the board, the man...