Arriving into Singapore some years ago, we were met at the airport by Bob Howder.  We had not met previously, but had corresponded. “Where are we staying?” I asked as we drove away.  Bob responded, “You’ll be with Norm & Louise Barnhart.” I thought, Norm & Louise Barnhart. Okay. Don’t know them but we will … Continue reading Trust

The Maturing of Judah

 In Genesis 38, Judah, the third oldest son of Jacob, comes off as self-righteous and hypocritical.  But by the time we get to Genesis 44, Judah has matured.  He is self-sacrificing, putting concern for his father above his own freedom.  What a transformation!   When a boy is born, he is soon told how smart … Continue reading The Maturing of Judah

Overwhelmed, But With a Purpose

Sand – How many grains of sand would there be in just one cubic foot of beach sand?  Think of all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. How many grains of sand would that be?   I find it difficult to wrap my mind around that.  Overwhelmed? We’re Supposed to … Continue reading Overwhelmed, But With a Purpose

Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

Though Mary was strikingly beautiful, she was vulnerable in two areas. The first was obvious – she was childless, weighing her down with incompleteness. The second only surfaced after I had been her pastor for some time. Gifted in hospitality, she and Bill, her husband, opened their home often to members of our congregation. After … Continue reading Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

“Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

As so often happens when we’re faced with difficulties, we get impatient and we tend to think God needs our help. When He tests our patience and obedience by sending us trials, we somehow think we need to solve the problem ourselves. After all, the old saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves,” (this … Continue reading “Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

Change Was Difficult (Part 2 of 3)

The shift from law living to grace living . . .  from Hebrew Christianity (still with one foot in their native Jewishness)   to  “Come-on-in-all-you-Gentiles-absolutely-free” required a lot of print (Acts 10, 11 & some in 15).  It seems like over-kill as we read it.  Twentieth-first century believers can’t appreciate the agony of Peter’s struggle … Continue reading Change Was Difficult (Part 2 of 3)