In Your Hands

Steve Petroelje

READ: Psalm 31 My times are in your hand. (v. 15) Psalm 31 expresses the same tumble of emotions that I’ve often seen in prisoners: despair, outrage, fear, shame, wounded pride, desire for vindication. The psalmist was wasting away, ignored by friends, and beset by enemies. As is often true in the Psalms, the writer’s staccato declarations of faith sound …

Seek Him Where He Is

Phil Christman

READ: Matthew 25:31-46 Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you? (vv. 37-39) I used to find Matthew 25 terrifying because I focused …

The State’s Place

Phil Christman

READ: Colossians 1:15-23 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities . . . (v. 16) Governments do a lot of good. Today I mailed a letter, which will be delivered courtesy of my government. I also deposited my paycheck, which is only worth anything …

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

Lou Lotz

READ : John 6:1-15 There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many? (v. 9) When I was a child I had a Bible coloring book. One picture showed a boy with a wicker lunch basket, his eyes bulging with wonder as a grinning Jesus gestures to a pile …

Let Down the Nets

Lou Lotz

READ : Luke 5:1-11 We toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets. (v. 5) It is a pity that some first-century Christian never thought to preserve Peter’s fishing boat. It would have made quite an addition to the Smithsonian Institute. That boat was Jesus’ personal ferry, his bed, his escape, even …