Comforted to Comfort

Tim Beals

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who consoles us in all our affliction. (vv. 3-4) Dave and Jan Dravecky were first thrust into the public spotlight in the late 1980s when Dave’s career took off as a major league baseball pitcher, a “southpaw” for the San Francisco Giants. Shortly after realizing his lifelong dream, Dave was diagnosed with soft tissue cancer in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. The …

Second Fiddle

Tim Beals

READ : Mark 10:35-45 Whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. (v. 44) When asked what instrument was most difficult to play, the conductor of a great symphony orchestra replied promptly, “The second fiddle.” He explained, “I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play second violin with enthusiasm – that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.” It’s easy to feel unimportant because …

Warm Heart or Cold Shoulder?

Tim Beals

READ : 1 John 3:16-19 Let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. (v. 18) If one of the television networks did a special on the healthiest place on earth, you might expect that people would line up to move there. Not necessarily. Especially if the healthiest spot was the South Pole. Our world’s southernmost point might also be its cleanest. There’s no pollution, no dust, and very few people to bring those things in. …

Take it Easy

Tim Beals

READ : Matthew 11:25-30 My yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (v. 30) In the American classic Moby Dick, Herman Melville portrays a turbulent scene in which a whale boat crashes across the ocean in search of the great white whale. The sailors work furiously, with all their attention and energy concentrated on the task. But in the vessel is one man who does nothing. He does not row or sweat or shout. This man is the harpooner, …

Generosity and Gratitude

Tim Beals

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-14 The rendering of this ministry … overflows with many thanksgivings to God. (v. 12) Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada, tells the story of Liridan in his book The Power of Generosity. During the conflict in Kosovo, ten-year-old Liridan was forced to flee with his parents to neighboring Albania. While escaping the invading soldiers, Liridan was struck with a rifle butt and his arm was badly broken. After the dangerous journey to freedom, Liridan …