Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
I recently discovered a strange phenomenon: People who are the most starved for love usually are resistant to receiving love when it’s offered to them.
This is like California or Texas after a long-term drought. When rain finally comes, the ground is so hard that it can’t properly soak up the water. Instead of being a blessing, the rain sometimes causes a flood!
Have you ever tried to show love to someone who was extremely love-starved? If so, the person probably either…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 31, 2017 at 4:43pm — No Comments
At my age, birthdays are something I would prefer to forget rather than celebrate. Yet the greetings of “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” continue, and I’m always grateful for the nice sentiments.
This got me thinking of the story of Job. He had a happy life at the beginning and the end, but the middle was pretty rough.
Thankfully, we don’t have to get stuck in the middle of the story.
At one point, Job was not a big fan of his birthday. A season of incredibly severe trials had begun,…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 29, 2017 at 2:02pm — No Comments
My friend Ron is a divorced man in his 50s who has ventured into the world of online dating the past few years. He’s a good man who sincerely would like to find a new wife. But although he’s met a number of good prospects, each new relationship has exploded after a month or two, often suddenly and unexpectedly.
Ron typically explains the breakup in terms of “overemotional” or “hypersensitive” women. “They all say on their online profile that they’re baggage-free and drama-free,” he…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 22, 2017 at 6:17pm — No Comments
Have you ever had a “voice from the past” remind you about important aspects of who God created you to be?
That’s what happened recently when I was contacted by Matthew Donovan, a friend I hadn’t seen in the nearly 20 years since he moved away from Charlotte. We were able to spend several hours together at the Panera Bread Company, catching up on things and then praying for each other.
Part of the conversation was especially illuminating for me…
“Have you been speaking…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 20, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments
When I was a kid, we didn’t have all the cool video games and technology of today. Some of my most memorable toys were marbles, magnifying glasses, and gyroscopes.
Recently when I was praying, God spoke a powerful message to me through two of my other childhood toys: a compass and a magnet.
First, I recalled the amazing attributes of a compass. When set on a level surface, the needle rather mysteriously points to “true north.” Somehow the compass detects and automatically…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 19, 2017 at 9:10am — No Comments
A few years ago I purchased a new set of tires for my car. They weren’t the highest-rated tires, but they came with a 60,000-mile warranty, which seemed like a safe bet at the time.
As I drove away, I patted myself on the back for getting such a great deal. It was good to know I wouldn’t have to deal with buying tires again for at least 60,000 miles.
Everything was fine as I drove down the road, 25 mph, 35 mph, and 50 mph. But when I took my new tires on the freeway, my…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 8, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments
A few months ago, the Holy Spirit spoke a concise but powerful word to my heart during a personal retreat: “Jim, you need to silence the cicadas!”
If you’ve never been around any cicadas, you may want to visit YouTube and check them out. Cicadas are large, ugly insects that cluster together in trees to make an almost-deafening sound, especially at night.
The Lord advises us in Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” But how do you do that…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on January 2, 2017 at 8:12pm — No Comments