TWO WINGED-SUN (Based on Ancient Egyptian Christianity)

[The Lord says:] I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. Isaiah 38:5 Isaiah 38:1–8 Isaiah 37–38; Colossians 3 For five years, an ancient clay seal remained in a closet in Jerusalem’s Institute of Archaeology. After the seal was dug up at the foot of the southern part of Jerusalem’s old city wall, initial…

LET’S FINISH THE RACE

Two are better than one . . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 Ecclesiastes 4–6; 2 Corinthians 12 In the 2016 Rio Olympics, two athletes in the 5,000-meter race caught the world’s attention. About 3,200 meters into the race, New Zealander Nikki Hamblin…

GOD’S RADIANT BEAUTY

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. Romans 1:20 Romans 1:18–25 Psalms 132–134; 1 Corinthians 11:17–34 Lord Howe Island is a small paradise of white sands and crystal waters off Australia’s east coast. When I visited some…

PROMISES OF A PEACEFUL HOME

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid. Micah 4:4 Micah 4:1–5 Psalms 97–99; Romans 16 Sixty-five million. That’s the number of refugees in our world today—people who have had to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution—and it’s higher than it’s…

UNDER GOD’S WINGS.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. Psalm 91:4 Psalm 91 Psalms 91–93; Romans 15:1–13 When I think of protection, I don’t automatically think of a bird’s feathers. Though a bird’s feathers might seem like a flimsy form of protection, there is more to them than meets…

LOVE FOR CHILDREN

Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. Matthew 19:14 nlt Matthew 18:1–10 Psalms 89–90; Romans 14 Thomas Barnado entered the London Hospital medical school in 1865, dreaming of life as a medical missionary in China. Barnado soon discovered a desperate…

FROM FEAR TO FAITH

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. Habakkuk 3:19 Habakkuk 3:16–19 Psalms 87-88; Romans 13 The doctor’s words landed in her heart with a thud. It was cancer. Her world stopped as she thought of her husband and children. They had prayed diligently, hoping for a…

OUR FATHER’S  FACE

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3 Psalm 80 Psalms 79–80; Romans 11:1–18 I remember my father’s face. It was hard to read. He was a kind man, but stoic and self-contained. As a child, I often searched his face, looking for a smile or…

THE HEART OF CHRIST

Please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.  Exodus 32:32 Exodus 32:21–32 Psalms 77–78; Romans 10 An Australian journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail expressed mixed emotions when he was released. While admitting his relief, he said he accepted his freedom with incredible concern…

AVAILABLE FOR ALL

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 Mark 10:42–52 Psalms 74–76; Romans 9:16–33 In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, it isn’t surprising that entrepreneurs are marketing “celebrities as products . . . allowing them to sell their…

ONLY CHRIST CAN SATISFY

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10  Mark 10:28–31; John 10:9–10 Psalms 72–73; Romans 9:1–15 When I stopped by to visit my sister’s family, my nephews eagerly showed me their new chore system, a set of Choropoly boards. Each colorful electronic board keeps track of their…

REFLECTING GOD’S LOVE

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. Exodus 34:29 Exodus 34:29–35 Psalms 70–71; Romans 8:22–39 I had the privilege of serving as my mom’s caregiver during her treatments…