November December 2021

Why, Lord?

What is the reason for the hardships we encounter? Why do we have to endure them in our day-to-day lives? Don’t get me wrong. It should be a comfort knowing that as we go through trials, there is One who is aware and is always looking out for us. But when struck at that moment, […]

We’re Not There Yet

Prior to a study trip to Israel in 2014, I understood it was the Promised Land, “a land flowing with milk and honey.” I was not expecting there to be so much desert, so much desolate country, or so many rocks. I’d read the story of the twelve spies coming home with a single cluster […]

Find Us Faithful

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1, KJV). As I reach the age where I find myself one […]

Still Waiting

Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, I developed the impression that Jesus Christ would return before I reached the age of thirty — let alone fifty! In sermons and old hymns, the imminent return of Christ was used as a warning to repent and be ready. Here we are well into the next century, […]

Oh, the Faithfulness of God!

How can anyone as finite, definable, and limited as we humans are describe something as infinite, unmeasurable, and unlimited as God and His faithfulness? It’s impossible. That’s the position I find myself in. The best we can do is the best we can do. We have available to us a repertoire of fine words in […]

Praying Your Temperament

I began my life with God privately, a thirteen-year-old in my room at night, pouring out my concerns and wishes to a God I didn’t know and begging Him to be real. Ironically, that was probably the best prayer time in my entire life. Back then I knew I didn’t have a clue about God […]

THIS ISSUE

Digital PDF: English / Spanish B&W:  English / Spanish Web Version ARTICLES 4 Oh, the Faithfulness of God! | Stephen Whitwell 7 Still Waiting | Grace Carpenter 8 Find Us Faithful | Marcia Sanders 11 We’re Not There Yet | Susan Barnes 14 Thirsting for God ... in Grief | Shirley Brosius 16 Focus on the Faithful […]

Master Artist

Master Artist The canvas must be silent as the artist paints the scene. The paper, too, waits anxiously while the author shares his dream. The many lines surrender to the architect’s keen plan. The clay must yield to form  and shape . . . in the gentle potter’s hand. And we, the most unyielding of […]

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?  

Has the church replaced Israel in the promises of God?   This important question requires more space than we usually dedicate to a Q&A, so we’re taking two pages to address it. The question probes an obvious difference between the Bible’s testaments: the Old is mostly about God’s people, the children of Israel, while Jesus Christ […]