Making Great Wine

October 8, 2016By Uli Chi

Recently I was in Italy for several weeks traveling with friends. One of my favorite destinations turned out to be the Piedmont region, which is the home of some of the best vineyards in Italy. This was a surprise for me since I’m not a wine aficionado. (Of course, my friends more than made up for my deficiency!) Still, one of the most interesting events of our tour was a talk given by a representative from one of the leading vineyards in the area. He began his talk with a startling statement, “The quality of the wine is based on the suffering of the vine.”


September 17, 2016By Deidra Riggs

A recent article in The Washington Post tells the ingenious method used by a collective of brilliant White House staffers to make sure their ideas were heard. Realizing they were often outnumbered in (or uninvited to) some of the high power meetings of Washington elite, these female staffers banded together…

How to “Deal With” the Strangers Among Us

June 26, 2016By Deidra Riggs

My friend, Kristin, has started a revolution. She bought a picnic table from Lowe’s, painted it turquoise, and set it up in her front yard. Then, she sat at her Turquoise Table and prayed for God to send whomever he chose.

For Believers Before Work, Part 2

April 27, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

In yesterday’s Life for Leaders devotion, I explained that I’m taking a short, three-day detour from Genesis in order to share a wonderful hymn about God and work. “For Believers Before Work,” also known as “Forth in Thy/Your Name,” was written by Charles Wesley in 1749. It offers a moving prayer of dedication to God as we think about and commence our daily work.

The Reality of the Cross

April 4, 2015By Mark D. Roberts

Romans 5:6-8
Today is Holy Saturday, the day between the cross and the resurrection of Christ. It’s a day of reflection and waiting. It’s a time to consider further the reality of the cross so as to prepare for the celebration of the resurrection.
I will never forget a humorous Holy Saturday conversation that happened between my children when they were young.