Read the Bible in a Year

“Do you understand what you’re reading?” That was Philip’s question to a man from Ethiopia who was reading the Bible one day (Acts 9:30). Even to the most educated reader, the Bible can remain mysterious and daunting. Figuring out exactly what it is saying can be intimidating. Yet God’s word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) and even though it was written many years ago, it still speaks to us today. Studying scripture is a life-long project, even longer really, …

Why Doesn’t God Act More Like God?

How to deal with our doubts is one of the surprising but comforting lessons of the book of Habakkuk. David Bast looks at the ancient prophet’s struggle to answer some very contemporary questions: Why doesn’t God answer our prayers? Why does evil prosper? In the end, Habakkuk shows us that our questions don’t always have clear answers, but he also leads us in a song of trust in the Lord whose ways we cannot explain, but whose goodness we confess …

My Grace is Sufficient

Steve Laman, a man in his late thirties, has lived with cerebral palsy since birth. He depends upon a motorized wheelchair for mobility and a computerized voice device for communication. Through his ministry of writing Steve has encouraged thousands of people to grow in their faith and trust in God’s unfailing grace. My Grace is Sufficient is his second book of devotionals published by Words of Hope. My Grace is Sufficient is the promise to us from a God who …

Billy & Dave

Tears and laughter, discouragement and hope, reminiscences and dreams—all of these met me as I devoured the pages of Bill and Helen’s Billy and Dave: From Brokenness to Blessedness. Our dear friends have written a little book with a large purpose. Its pages promise to lead us from the pain of our brokenness to the blessedness of Christ’s presence. Read it and be renewed! —Timothy Brown – Henry Bast professor of Preaching, Western Theological Seminary Download PDF   Request a …

What We Are

With apologies to Charles Dickens, the Christian ministry could be described as the best of jobs and the worst of jobs. It is indeed a high calling to be a minister of the Word of God. Ministers are subjected to criticism and scorn; they are belittled, viewed as oddballs, sometimes overworked, often under-appreciated. “We are the scum of the earth,” says Paul. In these two metaphors – and six others like them – found in his letters to the Corinthians, …

What Love is Like

Love is not a feeling, it is a way of behaving. This is the thesis of one of the most familiar and popular chapters in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. Paul, the writer of this famous love song, says the most important thing to know about love is what it does. These ten studies try to explain in simple terms each of the love actions, attitudes that characterize the deepest kind of love. This book is out …