On a fishing trip to a high-country lake, I made an interesting observation. When there weren’t waves, we caught NO fish. When the waves picked up, things changed!  The waves bounced through the shallow waters, waking up the submerged bug life—putting them into the water in reach of the fish. The sandy shore spread into the shallows clouding the water just a bit, making it harder for the fish to tell the flies we were offering were fake bugs! The waves change everything – and the fish began to bite.

I’ve been praying for friends across the country who are experiencing deep hardships. I’m often caught up with emotion for the burdens they bear. Jesus’ disciples must have felt similar emotions. When Jesus was about to depart this earth, He directed the eyes and expectations of His disciples to another Counselorthe Holy Spirit.

Have you ever built shelves or hung a picture and used a level to make sure it was straight? Leveling something without this tool is particularly difficult if the only point of reference is something else that is not level.

In recent years, it seems that in some parts of the Body of Christ we can see a kind of polarization taking place.

Throughout history, God’s people have dwelt among varied cultures, cultures with both redeeming values and values in contrast to the desires of God.