Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
– Hebrews 12.14, ESV
Peace is an elusive, hard-won, state of affairs.
One party may feel at peace while another is ramping up efforts to overturn it. World leaders made flowery overtures about how they longed for lasting peace after World War I. Unfortunately, their desire to humiliate the Germans via reparations payments simply set the stage for another world war.
These past several years have been anything but peaceful, and the past few weeks have been downright nuts. I don’t care where you stand politically—both sides are behaving like sugar-hyped, bickering siblings. Continue reading
This is part 4 of the series “Invisible Illnesses.” To read the previous post, click here.
The problem of depression and the Christian is complex. As with PTSD, we need to educate ourselves before rushing to errant judgement.
Depression can be split into two categories (although they frequently often overlap): there is depression caused by physical/chemical triggers and there is depression as a state of the mind. It may seem like splitting hairs, but it’s an important distinction. Continue reading
This is part 2 of the series “Do I have to carry THAT cross?” To read the original post, click here.
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. or what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
~ Matthew 16.24-26, ESV
I am a selfish creature.
I do not make the statement with pride, but rather confess it, to my great shame.
Like most humans, I enjoy my own particular flavor of comfort. I love sipping my homemade iced chai, surrounded with whatever music suits my mood. My favorite find is a book to get lost in. I warm with pleasure when I find myself in a protective bubble of like-minded people, close friends, beloved family, and familiar faces.
I’ve been abruptly called away from these creature comforts, oh so many times. Continue reading
There’s an old hymn we sing once in awhile entitled, “Nearer My God to Thee.”
Nearer my God to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross
That raiseth me.
Still, all my song shall be,
‘Nearer my God to Thee!’
Nearer my God to Thee—
Nearer to Thee.
~ Sarah Flower Adams, 1841
As with anything worth having, nearness to God is costly. Many claim to want a relationship with God, but have no desire to make any sort of sacrifice to achieve it. What about me? Am I willing to be “raised on a cross” in order to gain a closeness to the Lord that could not be attained otherwise? Continue reading
At times irrational, at times justified, fear is a human response to circumstance.
The news reels have been buzzing since November 8th. The whole country (and possibly certain world leaders) seemed to be biting down their nails as we all waited with bated breath for the election results. Admittedly, an election is always an anxious affair. The choices of a leader—even small choices—create an indescribable ripple effect. Continue reading
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, NASB
Never miss a teachable moment—even from a silly goose. Continue reading
Last week, I shared with you why I ditched my Bible reading plan, and relayed my current plan for trekking through the book of Romans.
In the past week and a half, I have read through Romans three times. I’ve read and reread various chapters, trying to grasp the bigger picture of the letter. I thought, perhaps, that if I focused solely on Romans, I would draw more from the text.
Sadly, I STILL found myself continuing to tune out, fighting to keep my mind on the task at hand.
Shootings in Dallas. Riots in Charlotte. Explosions in New York.
Deceit in the debate hall.
When darkness prevails and our grief overwhelms us, how do we get through it? What do we hold on to? Continue reading
This passage in Psalms began my daily reading today.
In light of our discussion, “does everything happen for a reason,” this scripture seemed quite timely. In this Psalm, David challenges his own soul to remember no scheme of man can ever snatch Him from God’s omnipotent hand. Continue reading
This post is part 2 of the series, “Does Everything Happen for a Reason?” To read the previous post, click here.
“If there is a God, why do bad things happen?”
“If God is so powerful, then why was this ruler able to murder all these people?”
“God doesn’t work in the world today. If He did, He wouldn’t have allowed my child to die.”
People from every race, color, and time have asked questions like these. Humanity is perpetually baffled by suffering. Grief or pain cause some to lash out at God or abandon Him altogether. How do we reconcile a loving, all-powerful God with a world overrun with destruction? Continue reading