The First and the Last and the First

Well, the last day of hunting season is over, and it’s the first day of December! Did you get the deer of your dreams? We have a small herd of nearly a dozen deer that run our woods, but although Abby dreamed of catching one, they all got away! (Note the white tail to the … Continue reading The First and the Last and the First

Covid-19 Pandemic: Taking the Problem Seriously

Is the Covid-19 crisis real or a scam? What if China’s information has been inaccurate? What if it turns out that Covid-19 kills fewer people than the flu this year and we end up ruining our economy trying to self-isolate? What if the virus is part of biological warfare? What if this has all been … Continue reading Covid-19 Pandemic: Taking the Problem Seriously

Frankenmuth: The Birthday Club and Historical Society Roots Tour

I wrote about Frankenmuth eight years ago as a sort of “Christmas Present” event, where Alan and I enjoyed the Christmasy ambience of this historic German community, complete with an afternoon of shopping at Bronner’s, the world’s largest Christmas store, which houses over 50,000 gifts in an area nearly the size of two football field. … Continue reading Frankenmuth: The Birthday Club and Historical Society Roots Tour

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (72): Finding the Strait Gate

I cannot read Jesus’ admonition to enter the “strait gate” without thinking of “every man” from Pilgrim’s Progress. This man was so burdened by what he’d read in the Book that he left his hometown in search of the Celestial City. However, he quickly discovered that he had to enter through a special gate before … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (72): Finding the Strait Gate

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (70): 7-Eleven Knocking

7-Eleven stores are not only popular in America, where there are thousands of these little convenience stores attached to gas stations, but there are now more 68,000 “7-Eleven” stores in seventeen different countries around the world! The stores first used the name 7-Eleven because they were open between 7:00 am -11:00 pm, but now most … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (70): 7-Eleven Knocking

Thoughts on Retirement, Hope, Love, and Plucking Thorns

Last Friday was Valentine’s Day, and this week Alan and I are celebrating our 47th anniversary! In addition, we will both be turning 70 this year. Even though we are staring down inevitable retirement before too long, we are both feeling very vivacious and so are full of hope that there will be “life after … Continue reading Thoughts on Retirement, Hope, Love, and Plucking Thorns

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (69): Seeking and Finding So Much More!

It’s easy to ask for something, but it’s a lot more work to search for something, right? Stop for a second and think with me. Is there anything you’re so passionate about that you’re willing to search for it—forever if need be? Last week we talked about asking and receiving. God invites us to ask … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (69): Seeking and Finding So Much More!

A Million and Ten Thousand Flowers

If you live in the Grand Rapids area and haven’t experienced Rebecca Louise Law’s “The Womb” exhibit at Meijer Garden, I want to encourage you to take time to visit before this spectacular artistic creation ends on March 1.* What is it? An entire gallery filled with a million flowers and plants from Rebecca’s personal … Continue reading A Million and Ten Thousand Flowers

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (68): When Can We Ask and Actually Expect to Receive Something From God?

Last Sunday night was the Super Bowl, and there was some playful bantering about which team was going to win based on the prayers of various people. Someone (not even a Christian by profession) teased that the 49ers lost because there are too many atheists in the Bay Area and more praying Christians backing the … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (68): When Can We Ask and Actually Expect to Receive Something From God?

Meditating on the Commands of Christ (67): Pearls for Pigs, Anyone?

“Don’t cast your pearls before swine” conjures up such a provocative image that pretty much everybody’s heard it. However, what did Jesus mean when he first proclaimed it? Perhaps the most common interpretation among Christians today runs something like this: “Share the good news of redemption through Christ (our Great Pearl) with everyone around you, … Continue reading Meditating on the Commands of Christ (67): Pearls for Pigs, Anyone?