Fear’s great lie…

Fear is a liar. But what is fear’s great lie? —That God really won’t be enough for me. But God says, “Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”. (Isa 41:10)Continue reading “Fear’s great lie…”

Is the Antichrist among us?

As a little girl, I remember listening while my older relatives talked about the Antichrist. Honestly, it scared me. As I’ve grown up, I’ve searched the Scriptures, watched the news, and tried to figure out who it could be, and if he has appeared on the scene. John tells us, it is the last hourContinue reading “Is the Antichrist among us?”

The first step to REAL freedom.

Understanding the gravity of our sin is the first step to freedom. Let’s stop with the cheap grace. Let’s stop sugarcoating sin. It has never helped anyone to think their sin isn’t that bad. Let’s be real.Let’s be honest. The only real help, and hope, for anyone is to know Jesus saw you at yourContinue reading “The first step to REAL freedom.”

A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…

Entering Jerusalem, the Savior wept. Not for the Cross He would face, but for the people. I wonder if tears filled His eyes as He heard the laughter of children playing, laughter that soon would be silenced as Jerusalem would be laid siege. The people who had rejected Him would face judgment. Judgment would comeContinue reading “A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…”

“I’m really pro-life, but I don’t want to tell others what to do.”

“I’m really pro-life, but I don’t think we should tell other people what they should do.” Have you heard this argument? It’s that lukewarm, middle of the road, soft ground, that seems appealing to many. Is this you? But the fact is, those who take this position are really alright with telling people what toContinue reading ““I’m really pro-life, but I don’t want to tell others what to do.””

Passionate Family Debates

I love my family. You’ve heard from a few of them over the years on my page. I’m pretty amazed by those in our family, especially the younger ones, who have chosen to speak out on hard issues-often going against culture and at the risk of losing friends. I’ve watched them stand for truth whenContinue reading “Passionate Family Debates”

Bad News for the Lukewarm

Things are weird. Hard. Confrontation. Chaos. Uncertainty. Are we approaching a time where we must pick a side? It has been easy for Christians to love America for so long because, in the past, she has loved the things of God. However, more and more, our nation has been changing—drifting, sometimes running 100 mph, awayContinue reading “Bad News for the Lukewarm”

When the hard things pile up…

Sometimes, the hard things pile up, and we can feel like Job. Even those who don’t read the Bible know about the tragedies of Job. In the midst of it all, the Bible tells us, Job walked forward, but could not see God. He looked backward, but could not perceive Him. (Job 23:8) Where wasContinue reading “When the hard things pile up…”

How do we “take heart” in this hard world?

Clearly there are lots of things to concern us about this world we are living in. The latest opinion polls show everyone, in just about every demographic, seems to be stressed about the political and economic climate. Stressed. And for Christ followers, this anti-biblical culture is greatly adding to our concerns-especially for our kids andContinue reading “How do we “take heart” in this hard world?”

Some questions I’m asking myself.

If I’m trying to please men, I can’t walk worthy of the God who calls me. (Read Thessalonians 2:4-12) It’s so easy to want others to affirm us, to like us, to praise us. We long for position and power. And those in ministry are not immune. Book sales, social media likes, twitter followers, speakingContinue reading “Some questions I’m asking myself.”

Have you noticed this?

It’s so easy, especially this month, as our world so lavishly, every-where-you-turn, celebrates sin to think, “I’m in the world but not of it” (John 17:15). But it’s so easy, for the evil ways of this world to get into us and for our sins to become acceptable and unnoticed. By us! Let’s not forget,Continue reading “Have you noticed this?”

The thing is…I trust God more than me.

I’m sad. I just read a post by a woman who used to work at my children’s Christian school. Their CHRISTIAN school. This woman was gushingly celebrating her lesbian couple friends, saying she’s “never witnessed a love like theirs” and characterized their relationship as a “kind of holiness”. This woman has heard truth, but sheContinue reading “The thing is…I trust God more than me.”

Jesus. Not the latest worldly solution.

Go ahead and look in the mirror.You cannot trust that person. You probably already know that.Maybe you’ve been trying to deny it. Jesus told the parable in Luke 18 to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and treated others with contempt…(Luke 18:9) Those two things—trusting in yourself and treating others with contemptContinue reading “Jesus. Not the latest worldly solution.”

God’s Ways >Culture and the Lightyear Movie

I’m thankful God created us with feelings and opinions, but He never intended for us to be ruled by them, or to walk in the dictates of our own hearts, while forsaking His instruction (Jer 9:13-14). There is an epidemic of this in our culture. We are constantly bombarded by those who trust their feelingsContinue reading “God’s Ways >Culture and the Lightyear Movie”

Many of us are grieving…

This morning, I’m thinking back to words my sister-in-law said to me late last year as we prepared for a baby shower. They are increasingly true. Before all the guests arrived, Shauna, who is a prayer warrior and dear friend to me, talked about all that is going on in our world. She said somethingContinue reading “Many of us are grieving…”

When It’s Dark

We grabbed our bag chairs out of the back of the truck and walked toward the trail. Rain was dripping from the trees and night was coming. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but for years we had heard about the mysterious, beautiful synchronous fireflies in our nearby Smoky Mountains. We walked a shortContinue reading “When It’s Dark”

55 Years. One Man. One Woman.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones’ life for his friends.” John 15:13 Oswald Chamber explains, “Sacrifice is the Holy Spirits’ ultimate expression of love.” Marriage tends to have a way of teaching us this kind of sacrificial love. God sure knew what He was doing when HeContinue reading “55 Years. One Man. One Woman.”

Want to change this world?

We can want physical change, and social change, and all sorts of change, but if we don’t have a changed heart that runs to Jesus, none of that change matters. If our goal is to change the world for any cause other than Christ—political, social or physical, we are missing the mark and the changesContinue reading “Want to change this world?”