You can read this title a couple of different ways. “I had the absolute time of my life last week.” Or, “How will I use the time of my life on this planet?” I won’t begrudge you the first, but we’re going to hang out on the second for a few minutes!
All children start their school with sparkling imagination, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think! When my son was four, his pre-school put on a production of the Nativity story. During the show, there was a wonderful moment when three little boys came onstage
Ponte Vedra, Florida is one of my favorite places on the planet. Having grown up as a clam digger on Long Island’s south shore – and with close proximity to Fire Island and the chilly Atlantic – I delight in the six and half-hour trip to Florida’s east coast to reconstitute my blood with salt water.
Are There Really Rules and a Format for Prayer? Well … yes and no! John Calvin, of Reformation fame, actually embraced five ‘rules of prayer’ – but the fifth was the Rule of Grace! “God does not reject those prayers in which He finds neither perfect faith nor repentance, no warmth of zeal, or petitions not rightly conceived,” says the 16th century theologian, “for without his mercy (and grace) there would be no freedom to pray!”
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know,” (Jeremiah 33:3). How’s that for an invitation for a morning or evening chat with the Lord? I love the way Charles Spurgeon helps us to tangibly grasp the essence of this profound yet simple verse...
You may recall about this time last month I pitched to you the idea of supporting Pastor Isaac’s Children’s Bible Camp in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Well, Metamorphyx readers contributed $920.00 which I wired to Pastor Isaac in advance of the camp – what a miraculous and generous response!! Pastor Isaac was indescribably ecstatic and humbled to receive these financial resources.
I’ve had the privilege of leading Nairobi’s annual Festival of Learning (FOL) Conference three to four times in the last dozen-plus years. The FOL is a two-day pastor training event, comprised of men and women from a diverse mix of East African nations – Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania to name a few. Attendees are ravenously hungry to learn and apply God’s Word to their mostly small church communities. And one man, I recall, sporting his 7 (2)traditional tribal garb, proudly wielded his ‘King James’ Bible whose origin he traced back to British missionaries decades ago!
I don’t know much about Nancy Leigh DeMoss, but I’ve recently learned (thank you Google and Wikipedia!) that she’s a University of Southern California grad, has written 15 books that have sold over 2 million copies, has a Christian radio program, Revive Our Hearts, heard on over 1000 radio stations and she leads a vibrant ministry. Many years ago DeMoss’ Proud Spirits & Humble Hearts chart found its way into my hands. I still have that dog-eared, coffee stained, notes-in-the-margin copy – apparently she knew I needed it!
“Just as the suffering of Christ flows over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows,” (2 Corinthians 1:5) Charles Spurgeon, the eminent 19th century preacher and author of the Morning by Morning devotional, likens this biblical truth and wisdom to an old-fashioned balance scale – placing our trials on one side and God’s “overflowing comfort” on the other. What a great illustration; the heavier the weight or trial we carry, the more the Lord offsets the ‘imbalance’ with His grace and comfort. Have you ever experienced that?