A Festival of Thanksgiving: Thank Offering 2014

The crowds are overwhelming. TV coverage shows stadiums around the world filled to overflowing. Public spaces in cities and small towns across the world are filled with people. The mood is exuberant. Faces are lifted heavenward, and they beam with gladness. The air rings with loud, joyous cries. Songs erupt. The multitudes have gathered in response to God’s call: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! (Ps. 100:1–2) The crowds are worshipping the Lord. “The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations” (Ps. 98:2). The Lord poured out his Spirit on the earth in torrents. His messengers were received with eager ears. And his people were being pressed repeatedly with the question, “Why are you so full of hope and joy?” The earth has come to know that the Lord is God. The people of the world have come to see that all their gods are worthless. They are ... Read more

They Call Me the Miracle Man

It is strange to write about a life-changing experience that I cannot remember. However, I am told that around 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2013, I was riding my Harley home from the church to lead a Bible study at our house when a car turned and hit me broadside on my left. Then began a series of extraordinary providences of our Lord. Ordinarily a person with the injuries I sustained would have bled to death within minutes on the scene, but somehow I didn’t. Many months later I learned that a young woman was present at the scene, praying for me. God heard her prayers! Shortly after I arrived at the St. Charles Medical Center’s emergency room, my wife Sharon and some dear friends arrived. The doctors had bad news: I had many injuries, the most serious being a torn aorta, a shattered pelvis, and a football-sized pelvic wound. They didn’t know whether I would live. (I learned later that they had never seen anyone survive such severe injuries.) But somehow, by God’s amazing grace, those ... Read more