Wise words on Prayer

Lilias Trotter served her Lord in Algeria from 1888 to her death in 1926.  Lilias, born to a wealthy family in England, first applied to a missions organization but was  rejected because of poor health. So she went on her own as a single woman of 34 with two friends, all women of independent means. Her…

Try Tears

Sometimes a simple story captures such a profound truth it is unforgettable. The story below, as told by Leonard Ravenhill, is recorded in his biography In Light of Eternity by Mack Tomlinson. I think Ravenhill remembered it so clearly because it touched him deeply and became part of his very approach to life. In my…

Did Elijah have a secret?

Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:17-18 Even though James is telling us that Elijah…

Appointed as a Remembrancer

This year I am following the Bible Project reading plan and this morning read 2 Samuel 8 where King David is solidifying his administration and appointing court officials. Most are what you might expect in an ancient kingdom: the general over his army, the men over his personal bodyguard, the priests, and a scribe. But…

Moses: Leadership through Intercession

Much has been written about Moses, the great leader who brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. The Sunday School version of the Exodus story is so dramatic that it is natural to see Moses in a role of power, decisiveness, strength and perseverance. The New Testament, in contrast, emphasizes Moses the lawgiver: a…

Disoriented: Losing the Hope of Dawn

I recently trained as a literacy tutor through the public library system and have begun meeting regularly with an English learner. Yesterday we discussed the meaning of a list of terms he had encountered in a text book. One of these words, used in a medical context, was disoriented. Next to the term were a…