The Journey's Leader

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Isaiah 11:1-9 “Who is in charge?” is a common question when dealing with groups of people. We need leadership. It is needed in the home, at work, at school. A football team or a basketball team needs a coach, a leader. “Who is in charge here?” is a good question because a leader should know who he or she is and where he or she is leading this group. There are times I want to lead. There are …

Beginning the Journey

Kenneth N. Leestma

READ : Genesis 12:1-8 With anticipation and excitement we look forward to our journey through the Scriptures as we focus on the coming of Christ whose birth we celebrate this month. I can imagine that Abram was excited to hear God’s voice. The assignment God gave him was challenging, the future a bit uncertain. Leaving his comfort zone brought a tear. But the journey, “the road not yet taken,” was to make all the difference in the world. Consider the …

Friendship, Accountability and Joy

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Acts 20:25-38 The Father sent Jesus to become our friend. In His name, on our faith pilgrimage, we too must build friendships. Shakespeare observed: “Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.” Teresa of Avila counselled her readers that if they wanted to grow in openness to God, they ought to seek the company of God’s friends. The old German proverb said it well, “Friendship doubles our joys and …

Completing Our Calling with Joy

Calvin Malefyt

READ : Philippians 4:1, 4-13 Each one of us has a place in the kingdom of God. Each one in the body of Christ has a calling to fulfill, a race to run, a crown to gain. This calling may not seem important, nor will it guarantee an easy time. But our obedience can bring a sense of fulfillment and we can complete it with joy. Paul received a calling from the Lord to tell the Gentiles about the death …