One of my favorite Bible stories is the unlikely tale of two lives unexpectedly entwined through terrible tragedy and profound desperation. It’s a story of surprising twists and transforming faith, and you’ll find it in 2 Kings, chapter 5. The story opens with Naaman, commander of the Syrian army, and a young Israeli servant.
Are the heroes of our faith likely to be misfits, unpopular, or just plain ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things for God?
This past April, thirty-one key leaders in the Messianic movement convened in an upper room in Dallas, Texas. Each of us, representing a broad spectrum of congregations and missions, had taken time out of our busy schedules to attend a “Fireside Chat” that would last less than eight hours. Most of those in the room […]
It was the week before Memorial Day. I was backpacking in the wilderness of Yosemite when I inadvertently crossed paths with a bear cub. Hearing a growl I knew the she-bear was only seconds away, and sure enough, she came crashing through the bushes. I ran as fast as I could but she quickly began […]
Serving the Lord is not a job,” yet some people seem to go about it as though they were wageworkers. They give as much of themselves as they believe the “job” requires and don’t expect a whole lot in return—just enough to keep them going. Others enter the ministry with a far more zealous but […]
Ed note: When I asked Moishe to write a musing for the February newsletter, he was not sure he felt well enough to write much . . . but once he got started it wasn’t long before we had twice the usual column. I didn’t want to leave anything out so . . . enjoy! […]
Why celebrate new beginnings? They offer hope! The joining of two people in marriage or the birth of a baby creates a sense of wonder and anticipation of what might be. New beginnings are promising; they give us something to look forward to. Yet they also help us reflect on the past, to thank God […]