Messy babies!

We are all incredibly self-focused, selfish people, and only through great intentional effort will we become other-focused people. We must be so overwhelmed by the love of God for us that we look for validation only from God. Accepting and believing in God’s great love for us will free us to be other-focused people. We … More Messy babies!

Dying of Loneliness

Mark the Gospel writer shares a story about Jesus’ interaction with a leper that caused him to respond with compassion. Mark 1:40-42 says, A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched … More Dying of Loneliness

We want our sight!

The Gospel writer Matthew shares a story about Jesus’ interaction with two blind men that caused him to respond with compassion. Matthew 20:29-34 says, As Jesus and his disciples were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed him.  Two blind men were sitting by the roadside, and when they heard that Jesus was going by, they … More We want our sight!

One pair of pants

Compassion is more than having sympathy for someone; it requires action. The first time I felt compassion was during summer 1972, the summer before I started high school. I was a very selfish, self-centered 14-year-old. My dad asked me whether I wanted to accompany him to Arizona to help him hold a “Baseball and Bible” … More One pair of pants

Is She a Prostitute?

Asking the Lord to change your perspective on the essential value of a person can change how you look at each person you meet on planet Earth, from now until the day you die. My former doctoral program professor, Duane Elmer, tells how back in the mid-1990s, he and his wife spent some late nights … More Is She a Prostitute?

Prior Value Placement

Ignoring the people around us every day is easy to do. We walk by so many people whom we don’t even see, let alone acknowledge—they just seem like part of the scenery. Can you imagine having this embarrassing conversation with another human being, created in the image of God, when you get to heaven? You: … More Prior Value Placement