God the Master Technician

Even as pianos need constant tuning and regulating—not only when young and raw, but all through their careers of being used for brilliant concerts—so people who are being used as “instruments of righteousness”—or, in other words, living creative, fruitful lives—need constant refreshing, “tuning.” It came into my mind that receiving God’s strength in our weakness as we call out to Him for help is very similar to a piano receiving new brilliance when the hammers are made harder with the proper juice or made softer and more mellow with some pricks of the needle-like instrument. Our “Master Technician,” God, knows just what we need so that we are at times more “brilliant” for something we need to do, or more “mellow” or “soft” for other compositions we need to have come through us!

—Edith Schaeffer in Forever Music

Listening hearts

I am uneasy when comedians ridicule the idea of hearing from God.… I am even more concerned that believing Christians will buy into the ridicule and thereby miss the wonderful relationship with their living Lord.

The story is told that Joan of Arc was mocked with, “She says she hears God’s voice; why, I don’t hear His voice!” Joan replied, “Don’t you wish you did?”

—Virginia Law Shell in Good News (Nov./Dec. 1987)

“We has met the enemy and it is us!”

Twenty years ago, the question: “Does television shape our culture or merely reflect it?” held considerable interest for many scholars and social critics. The questions have largely disappeared as television has gradually become ...

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