Real hope even from a place of pain

My friend Beth wrote this and I asked her permission to share it on my page. It’s heartfelt truth in a time of horrendous pain. I think you’ll be encouraged as you read her words to remember where our hope is found— 4 weeks ago today, I hugged and kissed my husband for the lastContinue reading “Real hope even from a place of pain”

The Two Beside Him

Those two criminals.Bleeding.Bruised.Guilty. In the Savior’s final moments, one criminal hung on each side of Him. Those two represent all of us. We are each likeoneor the otherof them. It’s no accident, this true picture. There they were.So close to Jesus.Can you imagine? They both knew who He was.But only one of them would beContinue reading “The Two Beside Him”

The Question No One Can Answer For You

You know, no one can answer the question for you. And I know, the whole thing, the nails, the Bloody Cross, -the thought is horrific. We’ve heard the story. We’ve been told, it’s not about bunnies and that day, it changed everything. That day, that Good Friday, looked anything but “good”. Early in the morningContinue reading “The Question No One Can Answer For You”

Thursday. No Other Way.

THURSDAY The day before Jesus would die. The precious Messiah bends down to wash His disciple’s feet then takes the bread and the cup of Passover with the men in the upper room… knowing, full well, He would soon be their perfect Lamb. The Lamb. The Perfect Lamb… soon it would be His blood spillingContinue reading “Thursday. No Other Way.”

Waiting Wednesday of Holy Week

Silent Wednesday. It’s what some scholars call this day of Holy Week. Jesus had spent Tuesday preaching and warning, being aggressively challenged by the religious leaders and watching his friend Judas slip away to make a deal to betray him. But then there is Wednesday. Silent Wednesday. Waiting Wednesday. Jesus knew what was coming. MaryContinue reading “Waiting Wednesday of Holy Week”

Who is safe in these scary days?

Breaking news scrolls across the TV screen- Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, says there is credible evidence of war crimes in Ukraine. The White House is now said to be considering a ban on Russian oil imports. Putin has been threatening the use of nuclear weapons if backed into a corner. These are sad andContinue reading “Who is safe in these scary days?”

What salvation is, and what it isn’t.

I can’t shake the urgency I feel to be as clear as possible, right now, about what salvation is and what it is not. I think about Simon the Sorcerer in Acts chapter 8. When I first studied the passage it confused me for a bit. I read first in my ESV then grabbed myContinue reading “What salvation is, and what it isn’t.”

Remember WHO you’re talking to…

Many of us are concerned as we look at our world. I see people posting about praying who typically do not do such things. Hard times certainly cause us to look for help anywhere we can get it and to think about the fragility of life and eternity. And, many reason, “Heaven sounds like aContinue reading “Remember WHO you’re talking to…”

Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?

Do you feel a sense of urgency? For years I’ve hoped the words I’ve shared would draw others to love and trust Jesus more. I’ve put them out there, and I’ve prayed that those who don’t know Him, would somehow see Him in what He has led me to write and speak. But lately, I’veContinue reading “Do you feel a sense of urgency in this scary world?”

Enoch and Elijah won’t be the only two!

This is such a crazy, encouraging portion of Scripture…. So, Cain kills Abel then he marries and has children. Adam and Eve have other children. The earth population grows. And the Bible details both the good and the bad—Lamech takes two wives and boasts of murder. (See Gen 4) But then there is Enoch. GenesisContinue reading “Enoch and Elijah won’t be the only two!”

So, why all the craziness in this world God created?

So, why all the craziness, and sadness, and sickness, and disease,and death in this world God created? Genesis, chapter three. The Fall. Most of us know the true story of sin entering the world. And it is true, you know. “It is idle to call the narrative of the Fall a mere allegory; one hadContinue reading “So, why all the craziness in this world God created?”

Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith

Many of us have seen our own sin, we’ve been sick of it, repented, and marveled at a Savior who knew every ugly, horrible, secret thing we have ever done and still loved us enough to die for us. What great love that took! Many of us get this about the time we have kidsContinue reading “Thoughts on why many walk away from the faith”

Thoughts for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Do you need some confidence to face this New Year? Then focus on your sin for a moment. Here’s why… If we don’t understand the depths of our sin, we won’t understand the great love of our Savior enough to be able to confidently trust Him with our tomorrows. Let me explain… Luke tells us,Continue reading “Thoughts for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

He came for these!

The Shepherds. They were the ones not invited to the party. But they were invited to be eyewitnesses to the greatest moment of all. The ones who had dirty hands, the tattered, smelly shepherds—too unclean to worship at the temple…were specifically chosen to come and see the Lamb who would make them forever clean. ForeverContinue reading “He came for these!”

How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?

How many celebrate the birth of Christ, but still, hold tight to their sin instead of true hope? Of friend, as I look at this world, at the frailty of life highlighted by this pandemic, as I read prophecy, and as I remember the words of our Savior, “ I am coming quickly ”(Rev 22:20),—IContinue reading “How many celebrate Christmas and miss true HOPE?”

Where HOPE is FOUND!

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to Himself as the paralyzedContinue reading “Where HOPE is FOUND!”

Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled. Doesn’t this make you wonder…

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know this world is CRAZY! And, even if you’re not very “religious”, you probably know the Bible has predicted many of the things that have happened in our world. Truly, things seem to be lining right up with Biblical prophecy. This has to make you wonder aboutContinue reading “Biblical Prophecies Fulfilled. Doesn’t this make you wonder…”

No FEAR!

It is affecting the hearts and minds of many. I’m not saying we should not take this pandemic seriously or take precautions. I’m not saying that at all. What I am seeing though is so incredibly sad, and it breaks my heart. It’s fear without hope. It’s gripping. It’s suffocating. It’s consuming. Many. It’s notContinue reading “No FEAR!”