Valentine's Day Faith

Dennis Voskuil

READ : John 3:16-21 St. Valentine was a physician and priest of the church in Rome during the third century, a time of sporadic but severe persecution of Christians. Because he was known for acts of mercy and for sending kind notes of encouragement to those who were struggling, his name has become associated with authentic love. On this day when we send cards, candy, and flowers as expressions of our love, let us remember the greatest love story in …

Believing Is Seeing

Dennis Voskuil

READ : Mark 8:22-25 Not long ago my ophthalmologist wrote a new prescription for my contact lenses. When I finally replaced my scratched old lenses, the world around me appeared surprisingly crisp and clear. I began to take notice of the delicate wonders of nature which I had simply not been aware of before. So it is with faith. When we are seized by the person and the promises of Jesus Christ we see the world in a new way, …

Faith Finds Followers

Dennis Voskuil

READ : John 1:43-51 Philip was a model evangelist. Like Andrew and Peter, Philip was a fisherman from Bethsaida, a city along the Sea of Galilee. His immediate response to the call to discipleship was to invite his friend Nathaniel to follow Jesus, the Messiah from Nazareth. When Nathaniel posed the skeptical question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth,” Philip replied simply, “Come and see.” And then he brought his friend to Jesus. When we decide to follow Jesus, …

Seeing Is Believing

Dennis Voskuil

READ : John 20:24-29 Thomas doubted. Without direct evidence he would not believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. The testimony of the other disciples would not do. Unless he could see the mark of the nails in Jesus’ hands and touch the wound in his side, Thomas would not believe. But Thomas did not remain a doubter. When Jesus appeared to the disciples, he invited Thomas to see the nail marks and to touch his wounds. Thomas exclaimed: …

Childlike Faith

Dennis Voskuil

READ : Luke 18:15-17 Last summer our four-year-old granddaughter, her younger brother and parents were visiting a state park in Indiana. Always adventuresome, Anna discovered a small stone building. Peeking into a window, she saw a bundle of white clothing, neatly lying on the floor. Moving back toward her parents, she breathlessly exclaimed: “Mommy, Daddy, come with me, I’ve found the house where Jesus was born, and I’ve seen the swaddling clothes.” Jesus loved children. People sensed this and brought …