Getting Our Hands Dirty

Brian Keepers

Read: John 13:1-17 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet . . . (v. 5) Years ago, a group from our church traveled to Uganda. They visited the home of an esteemed elder in one of the villages, a man who was sick and dying. Suddenly this dying man got down on his knees, took water and a cloth, and proceeded to wash the feet of every person in the group. It was …

The Word Became Flesh

Brian Keepers

Read: John 1:1-18 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . (v. 14) The human body is a marvelous thing. Trillions of tiny cells combine to form bone and flesh, muscle and sinew, nerves and neurons. To be human is not just to have a body; it is to be somebody. Yet historically, the church too often has viewed the body with suspicion and disdain. Body and soul get separated, and the body is seen as …

The Big and the Small

Steven Laman

Read: Zechariah 4:1-14 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. (v. 9 NIV) I felt that God wanted me to write an autobiography, but it took about ten years to finish. During those years I sometimes wondered, “Will I ever get this book completed?” I kept plugging away at my manuscript. Once, when I was discouraged about my project, I read about Zerubbabel, who was in charge of rebuilding the …

Blown Off Course

Steven Laman

Read: Psalm 16 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (v. 11 NIV) “Come out to the front!” Dad exclaimed as he burst back inside. As soon as Mom and I reached the front lawn, we saw what he was so excited about. To our disbelief, a black hot air balloon had landed in our neighbor’s driveway. It was obvious that the …

Praying into the Wind

Steven Laman

Read: Matthew 26:36-46 Going a little farther, [Jesus] fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (v. 39 NIV) As the cold wind whipped around the minor league baseball park, my family sat there supporting my niece and her three friends who had the honor of singing the national anthem. When the quartet began, it was obvious …