My God Alphabet—P: Pure and Purifier

My God Alphabet—P: Pure and Purifier

What do you think of when you hear the words “pure gold”?  Perhaps an expensive ring or necklace, or the bricks of the precious metal stored at Fort Knox come to mind.  24-carat gold is considered the “gold standard’ of purity for this precious metal. We’ve...
My God Alphabet—O: Open-Handed

My God Alphabet—O: Open-Handed

Take a deep breath. Now take another. Keep breathing as you consider these facts: ·     An adult at rest breathes about 17,280 to 23,040 times a day at 12 to 16 breaths per minute. Adults breathe about 6.3 to 8.4 million breaths per year. ...
My God Alphabet—N: Never Failing

My God Alphabet—N: Never Failing

Think for a moment about all the gifted athletes throughout the world who train every day for years with the goal of making it to the Olympics and winning the gold medal. Their motivation, dedication, and training brought them to an elite level of competition as they...
My God Alphabet—M: Miracle Maker

My God Alphabet—M: Miracle Maker

“I cannot deny what I have seen with my own eyes.” Many people who saw Jesus in action voiced similar words when confronted by religious and secular governing officials. These people saw Jesus bring sight to those who were blind, healing to those who were...
My God Alphabet— L: Loving Listener

My God Alphabet— L: Loving Listener

“Can anyone hear me? Is anyone listening?” is a cry that is poured out millions of times, in many places, every day on this planet. At the bedside of a loved one in a hospital, in a lonely apartment, and in countless other circumstances and venues, people long for...
My God Alphabet—K: King

My God Alphabet—K: King

In recent years the level of verbal assaults and incivility among the governing parties of the United States has dramatically increased. At the heart of this war of words are two drastically different world-views that fuel the desire for governing power to advance...
My God Alphabet— J: Judge (and Advocate!)

My God Alphabet— J: Judge (and Advocate!)

My son and I stood before the traffic court judge, nervously awaiting his decision.  This event took place many years ago. You see, my son was ticketed for speeding on a lonely country road in West-Central Minnesota on his way home from a weekend away with our...
My God Alphabet—I: Initiator

My God Alphabet—I: Initiator

Three words stand out seven times in Genesis 1, the first chapter of the Bible: “And God said…” These words are important because they are the “how it was done” follow-up to the very first verse in the Bible: “In the beginning God...
My God Alphabet—H: Healer

My God Alphabet—H: Healer

Like words to describe various facets of a diamond, there are many beautiful Hebrew names that point to one of the infinite characteristics of God. Names such as Adonai (“Lord over all”), Jehovah Nissi (“God our banner who gives victory”), and...