Defining Moments: Stories of Hope

Three lives, one struggling with addiction, one suicidal, and another faced incurable cancer. Three lives hanging in the balance. Three facing defining moments. Who Are They? The Illusionist – Jim Munroe had become one of the most sought after magicians in the world; touring hundreds of cities and seeing sold out concert halls and theaters…

Between Me and God

“We are all called to carry our cross. If you don’t pick it up and carry it, you will be crushed by the weight of it.” “Everyone wants resurrection, nobody wants suffering.” “If you look at it day after day, we are all a part of handing Christ over when we contribute to sin. Especially…

The Recycled Orchestra

“The world sends us garbage…we send back music.” Recently a friend sent me information about an unusual project taking place just outside of Asuncion, Paraguay – one of the poorest slums in Latin America. The project sprang from a most surprising place  – a village called Cateura, where 2,500 families live on top of a…

Goats and Treasure?

In January of 1947 a handful of goats had climbed too high and had become dangerously positioned on the mountains cliffs. Their shepherd, concerned for their safety, ascended the face of the cliff to save them from peril. While on his climb he discovered two small cave openings. Curious, he threw a stone inside and was…

The Static is Getting Loud

The volume on the static of intolerance is being turned up, but in what or in whom? Early history, from cave drawings, scrolls, hieroglyphics, stone carvings etc., records that mankind from all parts of the globe and civilizations (primitive and advanced) believed/believes in a deity. This belief was/is embraced by the rich and poor, educated…

The Real Face of Jesus

The Shroud of Turin is a centuries old linen cloth bearing the image of a crucified man.  A man that millions believe to be Jesus Christ. Modern science has completed hundreds of thousands of hours of detailed study and intense research on the Shroud. It is, in fact, the single most studied artifact in human…

Frayed But Not Torn

The Conclusion of – A Father’s Legacy Netherlands- 1944 Under the boot of German occupation the Netherlands quickly changed.  The carefree and peaceful life of each Hollander had been drastically effected. Their freedoms, country, peaceful existence, and common humanities had been replaced with oppression, harsh restrictions, cruelties, and unrelenting persecution. Horror’s stood in common place…

Separated but Not Broken

A Continuance of – A Father’s Legacy On February 28, 1944  the Nazi’s stormed the humble watchmakers shop.  It marked the beginning of the end for several of the ten Boom family as they were forced to walk the road towards imprisonment and/or death.   At the prodding of gunpoint, six family members were marched…

Family Bonds

A Continuance of – A Father’s Legacy Nollie (ten Boom) van Woerden:  Second daughter born to Casper and Cornelia ten Boom, is the featured family member in this segment of A Father’s Legacy.  Before we learn about her, I thought it appropriate to refresh our understanding of the hostile conditions that were taking place in…

Threads Do Not Unravel

A Continuance of –  A Father’s Legacy The February 28, 1944 raid took over 20 people from the watch makers shop.  Six ten Booms family members, Casper, Betsie, Corrie, Willem, Nollie, and Peter were all taken to Scheveningen prison.  Three were later released, three were not. Casper’s son Willem ten Boom, named after his grandfather,…

Cords of Faith

A Continuance of – A Father’s Legacy In my last post, A Father’s Legacy, I shared information pertaining to the ten Boom family.  Specifically focusing on Willem and Casper ten Boom, a father and son whose unwavering christian faith became the tap root in supporting a strong and resolute family tree. Most of us are familiar…