ODJ: out of season

One year, spring in America arrived with unseasonably pleasant temperatures that broke records and elevated spirits. But the mid-80ºF temperatures (30º C) came with a price. Soon a cold snap hit, freezing all the blossoms. The budding flowers withered. Fruit farms were devastated. Food prices rose substantially.

As I write this, the calendar announces spring’s official arrival.

ODB: Better Than Planned

Interruptions are nothing new. Rarely does a day go by as planned.Life is filled with inconveniences. Our plans are constantly thwarted by forces beyond our control. The list is long and ever-changing: Sickness. Conflict. Traffic jams. Forgetfulness. Appliance malfunctions. Rudeness. Laziness. Impatience. Incompetence.What we cannot see, however, is the other side of inconvenience. We think it has

Certainty in Uncertainty

If you had asked me a year ago what I would be doing in the present day, I would probably shrug my shoulders and give you an ambiguous answer,

ODJ: God of surprises

Were the angels surprised when God sketched out the universe? Surely they were—as surprised as when they saw the first bird take flight and the first humans blink their eyes. As surprised as when they watched God Himself sew garments to cover the fallen humans’ shame (Genesis 1-2; 3:21).

God surprised Abraham with a promise, Sarah with a child and Moses with His presence as he knel

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ODJ: a better plan

Many years ago my wife and I felt that God wasmoving us out of our comfort zone to ignite a new work within an established ministry. When we met with the ministry’s leadership, however, our plans were rejected. In essence, they said our vision was good, but our timing wasn’t. We were disappointed and asked God, “Why?”

A short time later we discovered that I had cancer. Extensive

ODJ: greater than our shame

God is greater than our shame. Because Saul failed to realise this, his life ended tragically. The Israelites were engaged in a fierce battle and suffered defeat at the hands of the Philistines on Mt. Gilboa. That day the Philistines killed Saul’s three sons and wounded him. Humiliation, torture and death were likely to follow his capture. Unable to endure the shame, Saul committed suicide.