Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Passage to Ponder: 2Chronicles 20:5-12

“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God,” wrote American journalist Germany Kent. “Fear nothing and pray about everything. Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.”

Faith and trust go together. Both by definition and application. You can’t have one without the other. Continue reading


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Faith: The Challenge To Know

Today in our VBS at Wellandport as we pursue the theme “Facing Life With Faith,” we are discussing how knowledge and faith are connected.

The Bible says, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). As we read and study God’s Word, we increase in knowledge, but that knowledge grows our faith. Of course, our knowledge of God and His revealed will is more than just an accumulation of facts. It is faith-driven.  Heart-felt. And relationally focused.  Thus, Paul was able to affirm, “I know in whom I have believed.” Continue reading


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Word of the Week: Faith

This week at the Wellandport church of Christ in Ontario, Canada, I will be participating in their summer VBS teaching the adult class. Our theme revolves around faith. As I’m looking over today’s lesson, “The Challenge To See,” I’m reminded of this story.

One night a family’s house caught fire and they were forced to run outside. However, the fire blocked their path to the upstairs bedroom where their son was sleeping. The father yelled for the son to open his bedroom window. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #9–Why We Visited

As you read these words we are arriving on a trans-Atlantic flight from Tel-Aviv back to New York City.

It’s been an incredible 12 days. Renewing old friendships. Making new friends. Visiting sites that we’ve read about all of our lives. But now seeing those places and events come alive in a unique way. Someone once said it’s like reading the Bible in color instead of black and white. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #8–Victory in the Valley of Elah

Yesterday we traded the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem for the serene and scenic lowlands and valleys.

We saw wheat, barley, and hay fields. Grape vineyards. Shepherds leading their sheep. Camels in the fields. And much of the territory in which the Philistines lived in Bible times. Including the valley in which they returned the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 6). Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #7–The Way of the Cross

Yesterday we took a walking tour of Old Jerusalem. What a fascinating mixture of sights, sounds, and even smells.

It’s also a composite of Christian, Jewish and Muslim culture, heritage and religious belief. Surrounded by ancient walls, it’s home to such ancient sites as the Islamic shrine, Dome of the Rock, also called the Golden Dome,  the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which dates back to the 4th century and the Western Wall. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #6–The Garden of Gethsemane

A typical day for this tour has been a wake-up call at 6:30 AM. Breakfast at 7:00. Board the bus at 8:00. A lunch break around 12:00 or 1:00. And back at the hotel around 5:00. After a hot shower, a little rest and a buffet dinner, we’re usually ready to call it an evening. Yesterday was no exception. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #5–Worshiping in Jerusalem

After a delicious buffet breakfast at the David Hotel and Spa we said goodbye to the Dead Sea and began our trek back North.

It was a short drive to Masada, where Herod the Great built one of his Palaces in 30 B.C. Around 68 A.D. a group of Jewish zealots conquered it and Masada became their last stronghold before the Romans besieged it. Rather than fall captive to the Romans they committed suicide and left behind what has become a “saga of courage, heroism, and martyrdom.” Continue reading

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Bible Lands Tour #4–Gideon: A Man Used By God

Yesterday we left our lovely little hotel in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee and drove South toward the Dead Sea.

Among the highlights of the day were stops at Jezerel, the site of Ahab’s palace and Naboth’s vineyard. Jericho, the first city conquered by Joshua during the conquest of Canaan and billed as the world’s oldest city. Seeing the traditional site of Jesus’ baptism. And ending the day by floating on the Dead (Salt) Sea. Continue reading


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Bible Lands Tour #3–I Sailed the Sea of Galilee

We are enjoying this little family-owned hotel, The Ron Beach, right on the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias. A convenient location. Good food. And great views.

Yesterday we were able to walk to their dock behind the hotel and board a boat for a ride across the Sea of Galilee. I’ve been on a lot of boat rides in my life. But this just wasn’t any boat ride. It’s the Sea were the apostles fished. Where Jesus called Simon and Andrew (Mk 1:16). Where Jesus walked on the water. And where he calmed the storm. Continue reading


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