He Prayed For Me

There have been a few times in my life when someone has come up to me and, out of the blue, said, “I’ve been thinking about you.” I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel good. It’s really nice to know that someone appreciates me.

As nice as that is, it’s even more special when someone says, “I’ve been praying for you.” Especially, when I’m going through some sort of trouble or heartache and the person who’s been praying for me didn’t know about it. For whatever reason, God brought me to mind and he or she prayed for me – without even knowing why.

Mercy

Today I want to talk to you about one of those little words that is so easy to pronounce, and so very hard to put into practice. It is the word mercy. It means to treat kindly, or forgive, someone who doesn’t deserve it. We all want mercy when we’re the one at fault, yet we find it very difficult to show mercy to someone who has harmed us.

Love

Each one of us is different. We all have different likes and dislikes. We all have different hopes and desires. But there is one thing we all need; there is one thing we all long for – and that is love.

Our culture, and most cultures around the world, is filled with the concept, or the idea, of love. We talk about it. We sing songs about it. Probably three-quarters or more of the books which are written have some sort of love interest in them.

An Impossible Cure

I was reading a blog the other day and the writer pointed out that today even the poor have access to healthcare which was not available to kings and the wealthiest of people 100 years ago. Diseases which were incurable then are treated and cured routinely now.

Temptation

Speaking of Jesus, the writer of Hebrews tells us, “...we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)

Proclaim His Death and Coming

Why do we take Communion? Why do we participate every Sunday in this thing we call the Lord’s Supper? There are a lot of reasons. However, I want to concentrate on just one of them.

In the middle of a passage we often read at Communion time is a phrase that we probably don’t give enough attention to. It’s so familiar we sort of coast right over it. It says, “For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NIV)

Choose Life

In our daily lives we have to make many choices. Often those choices are mutually exclusive. If we do this, we cannot do that. For example, when we’re driving our car down the street, if we choose to turn left, we cannot simultaneously turn right. The very act of turning left automatically closes off the possibility of turning to the right at that instant.

What Is Man?

(I prepared this meditation to go along with a sermon on Psalm 8.)

At some point in our lives just about all of us ask the question, “Why am I here? What is my place in the grand scheme of things?”

In trying to answer that question we run into one of the contradictions in human nature. On the one hand we have a pretty good opinion of ourselves. In fact, pride is one of our besetting sins. We tend to think that, at least in some ways, we’re better than others – or, we’re certainly not as bad as they are.

An Inheritance

Not too many days pass in which we do not get a rather pointed reminder about the uncertainty of life. We read or see on the news about a devastating earthquake. Thousands have died in an instant of time. In some other place, terrorists have massacred another village. A few days later we hear about a commuter train derailing, killing and maiming dozens. The list of such incidents goes on and on.

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