"What is truth?" These days, the truth is rather elusive, isn't it? We've got people shouting on all sides that they absolutely are telling the truth, but since they aren't saying the same thing, we've got to ask, "who is telling the truth?" Unfortunately, if you question someone's truth claim these days, (particularly regarding the… Continue reading The Light of Truth: August 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
This month's scripture writing will focus on aspects of freedom in Christ---how we are set free, freedom from "the Law of Sin and death," and freedom that demands responsibility.
Webster's defines diligence as, "steady, earnest, and energetic effort : persevering application." Are we giving a "steady, earnest, and energetic effort" to serving the Lord? Do we steadily, earnestly, and energetically study His Word? Or, do we need to be more disciplined? Anyone who has trained for marathons or performed memorized solo work in music will tell you that it demands regular, disciplined effort. If our desire is to live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father, this too demands diligence.
As we've navigated this pandemic (along with the corresponding quarantine, economic nosedive, and educational scramble), there have been boatloads of information and misinformation served with steaming sides of anger, self-righteousness, and superiority.
Before you speak, hit send, type a message, share a post, or assume the worst about anybody, listen to the words of James: Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger..."
Quarantine... A second Great Depression... An unpredictable virus... In my short lifetime, I've never seen such a wave of gloomy news. It's quite easy to get overwhelmed and anxious these days. You don't even have to be an avid headline scanner; being in isolation is enough. Even though our problems are likely worse than we… Continue reading Awesome God: May 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
What do you do when you’re so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do? I’ve been there a few times. I’ve had moments during this current lockdown where I have felt depressed because I feel alternately frustrated and helpless. 6 million people have been put out of work. Investment portfolios have been ravaged. People are… Continue reading What to do when you don’t know what to do
Journaling Bibles have grown in popularity. In recent years, some have chosen to add artwork to their Bibles as part of their meditation on the word. The NIV Artisan Collection seeks to enhance this with its own stylishly designed exterior and wide-margin interior. If you've been seeking a journaling Bible for a daughter, granddaughter, or Bible class student, here are some pros and cons to consider...
The present crisis grips us with uncertainty. Some fear a loss of freedom. Others fear poverty and/or illness. All of us are waiting to see the outcome. The unknown stimulates fear. Because fear has such a foothold in our world, it is imperative---whether we live in peacetime or pandemic---to grow in our knowledge of God.… Continue reading Fear Not: April 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
Hail violently pelted my car. Knuckles white and body tensed, I gripped the steering wheel, gently apply pressure to the gas. I expected a window to bust out at any moment. I couldn’t find any place to safely shelter. Cars sat stubbornly beneath the overpasses, leaving anyone stuck behind them with nowhere to go. My… Continue reading Riding out the Storm
According to the CDC, roughly 56,000 people die from the flu each year.
According to the NHTSA, 36,560 people died in car accidents in 2019.
At the present time, there have been 12 deaths from Coronavirus in the U.S.
Yes, you read that correctly: that’s a two-digit twelve without any additional zeros.
It’s possible that the virus could become a pandemic. It’s possible that more will die. It’s possible that the fears are legitimate, but that could have been the case with Ebola, SARS, MERS, etcetera.
I could panic…
…Or I could face the fact that death could come at me in other ways—car accident, tornado, cancer, flu, etc.
Some things are just beyond my control. It's time to accept our limitations.