Rest in Peace—On Both Sides (Psalm 31)

The story is told of a new employee at a florist shop who was taking an order for a funeral wreath. The customer made her request: “I want ‘Rest in Peace’ on both sides.” After a moment of thought, she added, “And, if there’s…

Doubt and Truth (Psalm 22)

A well-known, highly respected pastor writes, For some reason, we think of doubt and worry as “small” sins. But when a Christian displays unbelief or an inability to cope with life, he is saying to the world, “My God cannot be trusted,” and that…

Building Confidence (Psalm 16)

Psalm 16 teaches us about building confidence. Paul quotes this psalm in Acts 13:35 as a prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. But let us not forget that David wrote this in the context of his own trials. While God inspired David’s words in such a…

Dangerous certainty

In 1954, psychologist Leon Festinger read a story in his local newspaper headlined “Prophecy from planet Clarion call to city: flee that flood.” The prophecy emanated from Chicago housewife Dorothy Martin, who, through an experiment with automatic writing, received a warning that the earth…