Jesus and John the Baptist were cousins so when news of John’s death reached him, Jesus sought some time alone to deal with his grief. To put some distance between himself and the crowds, he got into a boat and headed out on the lake. Not to be put off, the crowds guessed where he would land, ran along the shore on foot, and were waiting for him when he arrived.Read More
I am near-sighted, which is to say that I can well see things that are right in front of my face, while anything more than about ten feet away becomes distorted and unclear. Without the corrective vision provided by my glasses, I would have a hard time making my way in life.
Clearness of vision is critically important to the servant of Christ.Read More grace, perspective, hypocrisy
Having captured Zion, David resolved to make it God’s city, and to establish there the chest containing the holy things that the Philistines had captured. He recognized the ark as a symbol of God’s throne, and bringing it to Jerusalem was a sign that he recognized God as the real king of the Israelites. The death of Uzzah seems strange to us, but David had failed to obey the stipulations for moving the holy things (Numbers 4:4–6, 15, 17–20). God took these actions of David with the utmost seriousness.Read More judging, perspective, appearances
Read Reflect I grew up traveling with my missionary parents, studied cultural anthropology in college, and visited almost every country on earth by my 50th birthday. One thing remains – nothing ever changes. You see, we might think that wars, economics, politics, religion or technology have changed our world significantly. But the truth of the […]Read More perspective, confidence, veil
Those who have visited the optometrist know the series of tests designed to determine if you need glasses or not. For several months, my wife kept encouraging me to get my eyes checked and I kept encouraging her that I was fine and there were no issues. Now, imagine my surprise when I decided to honour my wife and go …Read More perspective, clarity, he alone is God