Call to Remember

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : John 1:1-14 Snow, Christmas lights, music, decorations, hearing the ice crack beneath your feet: all of these make me think of Christmas. But what reminds you of this season if you live in southern California, or in Bahrain, Oman, South India, Singapore, or in the many snowless parts of the world? Christmas is a time when we remember our family and friends. Regardless of where we may be in the world, there is the tug in our hearts …

Everlasting Father

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Isaiah 6:1-13 Isaiah tells us that the Messiah will be “an everlasting Father.” The word Father is not a good word to those who have been abused, neglected, or emotionally hurt by their fathers. In such cases, there is no evidence of love. I talked to a man recently who told me he had difficulty praying the Lord’s Prayer. When I asked why, he told me that his earthly father was so mean, cruel and abusive, it was …

Rejoicing in the Morning

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Psalm 30:1-12 What does 6.6 on the Richter scale mean to you? Having lived through the earthquake in Southern California on January 17, 1994, 6.6 on the Richter scale means, “WOW!” especially at 4:31 a.m. The floor, the walls, the ceiling twisted and groaned as we sought shelter. Then in 30 seconds (it seemed like an hour) it stopped. There were fires, buildings destroyed, lives lost, and many experienced suffering. It felt like the world was falling apart. …

Wonderful Counselor

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Isaiah 9:1-7 One of the blessings of being a parent is the privilege to give good counsel to our children. Some parents feel ill equipped to give counsel. To whom can the children go to receive good counsel if not their parents? I wonder what kind of counsel Jesus received from Mary and Joseph. I wonder, was the atmosphere in the home of Mary and Joseph that which encouraged wise counsel? No doubt they modeled their faith by …