Making All Things New

Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. – Isaiah 43:8

God is in the business of making all things new. He gives us new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 6:4). He makes His mercies new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). He fills each day with new hope and new possibilities.

And He has given us this new year.

Yes, it (more…)

Moving On

. . . forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead . . . – Philippians 4:13b

Many people were happy to bid good riddance to 2016. It was a year of great tension, trial, loss and division. And now that it’s behind us, it’s important we don’t spend 2017 looking in the rearview mirror. It’s time to move (more…)

The Year of Joy

Rejoice always. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16

For the Chinese, 2016 will be the year of the red fire monkey. For me, it will be the year of joy.

Compassion has challenged Christian bloggers to come up with a one-word theme for the coming year. To be honest, aside from some encouraging strides in my relationship with my father, 2015 wasn’t such a great (more…)

A Time for Self-Reflection

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. – Psalm 139:23

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12

You’re hearing less from me this holiday season because I, like (more…)

What’s Will Be Your New Year’s Revolution?

As you look back on 2012, ask yourself what set this year apart from, say, 2011 or 2010 or 1994, for that matter. And then ask yourself whether it really matters.
This past year brought a lot of changes in my life. One big change was a greater degree of professional success. But, honestly, that doesn’t matter. What does matter is how (more…)