Enjoy Your Trip!

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path . . . (v. 3 niv) In the darkness of her blindness, a woman named Sarah somehow navigated her way to church. You may not appreciate the difficulty of her task if you haven’t lived in the very rural areas of Kenya. The footpaths there are strewn with loose rocks, tree roots, and gullies just waiting to trip you. Can you imagine the cruelty if someone were …

Missed Opportunity

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 I tell you, now is the time . . . (v. 2 niv) How many times have you kicked yourself for missing a golden opportunity? A moment ripe for reconciling with a neighbor-and you let it pass? An opportunity to spread your wings in a new job-and you were scared of flying? A searching question by a troubled friend-and you answered with an empty clich?? Today’s reading places before us an opportunity that demands a …

The Honorable Ambassador

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 We are . . . Christ’s ambassadors . . . (v. 20 niv) Living and working in the capital city of Lilongwe, Malawi, I have opportunity from time to time to interact with the diplomatic community. Right or wrong, I tend to form opinions about a country or a people based on my reactions to its representatives. Did you know that others do that with you, too? Maybe you don’t have the opportunity to live …

Brand New!

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 The old has gone, the new has come! (v. 17 niv) Christmas wasn’t all that many days ago. Now the New Year has come and gone. But our thoughts may still linger on those new things that we got for Christmas or at after-Christmas sales. We still think now and then about the newness of the new year. Paul tells us about another kind of newness in today’s Scripture passage. If we are “in Christ”-that …

Why Am I Alive?

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 Those who live should no longer live for themselves . . . (v. 15 niv) We have friends here in Malawi whose hearts are as big as the African continent. They are forever taking in abandoned and hopeless orphans. One lad they rescued from a life of digging through garbage heaps. They took him into their home and hearts. Can you imagine the joy that boy must have known to be clean, clothed, loved, and …

How Do You Navigate?

Larry McAuley

READ : 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 We live by faith, not by sight. (v. 7 niv) “Me blind. Me no eyes.” The blind man at my car door blocked my exit. He knew how to get my attention-and the money he needed. I see this man and his young guide often as I navigate the streets of Lilongwe, Malawi. I am challenged to think about my life when I consider his. Am I also blind? Is that what it means to …