One More Chance

Lou Lotz

Read: Luke 13:6-9 If it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down. (v. 9) “You had your chance, and you still haven’t delivered!” Ever said something like that? The results you expected just weren’t forthcoming. You gave the offender another chance, and then another. Finally, your patience ran out. No more second chances. For three years the landowner has been coming to his vineyard at harvest time, expecting to find fruit. …

Meek, Not Weak

Chic Broersma

Read: Matthew 11:25-28 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5) A friend of mine discovered that an employee of his had defrauded him. If he pressed charges, the man would likely go to prison. He considered taking legal action, but when he thought of the repercussions for the man’s future, plus the humiliation it would bring to his family, he decided to offer the man a repayment plan instead. The employee agreed to the plan …

Salt?

Chic Broersma

Read: Matthew 5:13-14 You are the salt of the earth. (v. 13) The book chosen for our book club bore the title Salt. I thought, “There must be some mistake. What can be interesting to learn about salt?” Over the next few weeks of reading I was about to find out. Salt processing goes back about 6,000 years and was prized by the ancient Hebrews, Greeks, Romans, Hittites, and Egyptians. The scarcity and universal need for salt caused nations to …

Where Real Life Is Found

Chic Broersma

Read: 2 Corinthians 4:10-14 Christ . . . is your life. (Col. 3:4) Another elder and I were serving Communion to an elderly couple where they lived. The husband was hard of hearing. His wife suffered from Alzheimer’s. Over her shoulder I saw the Dodgers playing a game on the TV. I looked back at the woman, her face with its sagging cheeks and tired eyes staring through thick lenses, not focusing on anything. What a contrast to the young, …

Grandpa’s Red Toolbox

Chic Broersma

Read: Psalm 78:1-8 We will . . . tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord. (v. 4) My son pulled our washing machine away from the wall to investigate why it had quit working. Standing behind the tilted-up machine, he looked over at me kind of funny-like as I sat, watching from a safe distance. His look suggested he was thinking, “Dad, you’re looking sort of old sitting there. You make me think of Grandpa. He’s …