Walking Forward with God even after Wrestling

Even after seeing amazing grace and incredible faithfulness by God, I’ve turned right around, and allowed myself to be filled with fear, imagining God might not carry me through the next thing. Have you? Such is the case, as Jacob is warned by God to leave the land of his father-in-law, taking his wives andContinue reading “Walking Forward with God even after Wrestling”

It’s okay, if this world calls you foolish.

As Christians, we so want what we know to be good and right and true to be embraced by our culture. We often find ourselves exuberantly cheering the slightest hint of Christianity in our political figures when they use a Bible verse in their speech or our athletes when they thank God after the victory.Continue reading “It’s okay, if this world calls you foolish.”

How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?

Hard words. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bumper sticker or Christian T-shirt that read, “Jesus came to send fire on the earth” or “Jesus came to bring division”. No. We like unity. We like peace. Those T-shirts sell. Those messages grow crowds. So what do we do when we bump into Luke 12:49-53?Continue reading “How about this on your CHRISTIAN t-shirt?”

The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices

First, I’d like to know what wrinkle cream the aging Sarah used! She must have had timeless beauty like Audrey Hepburn because as I continue reading in Genesis, yet another king (see Genesis 20), has taken notice of her…and here goes Abraham lying again that she is his sister! Abraham is rebuked by the worldlyContinue reading “The Root Cause of Most of Our Sin Choices”

Beware!

I love how the Bible sugarcoats everything and only tells the simple, pretty stories. Except it doesn’t. The Bible is real. God shows us the proclivity of humans to see Him do amazing things and then turn right around and blow it. After Lot and his two daughters had just been supernaturally rescued from SodomContinue reading “Beware!”

Sodom and Gomorrah, our Culture, and Loving those caught up in sin…

Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 19). The story is so very familiar to many who grew up in church. It’s also so very strange. As a young girl, in what was called “Sunday School”, I remember sitting in the hard wooden chair thinking about Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt. I remember imaginingContinue reading “Sodom and Gomorrah, our Culture, and Loving those caught up in sin…”

The Year of the LIE!

As we often do, my husband and I talk as we are brushing our teeth before bed. It’s silly really. Our sentences are humorously interrupted as we pause to spit, but we’ve carried on like this for years. Last night’s conversation turned to the recent headlines, and we quipped that this year has felt likeContinue reading “The Year of the LIE!”

One day every sad thing will become untrue

As Christian’s, there is something we have to do that is incredibly hard to do. We have to be okay with not understanding everything. I’ve talked with so many people, in just the past week, who are walking through incredibly hard things, or dealing with situations that just make no earthly sense. Something devastating hasContinue reading “One day every sad thing will become untrue”

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…”

When the trouble just keeps coming

What do you do when the trouble JUST keeps coming? The trouble, the pain, just keeps coming and coming–piling up, suffocating, and consuming every thought. You search for hope in the darkness. You barely remember the time, a long time ago, when you thought if you just followed Jesus life would go, well, easy. ButContinue reading “When the trouble just keeps coming”

Not today Satan!

You know the evil one does not want you to believe the promises of God, right? Genesis contains promises of God that are foundational to our faith. Oh, how I love to hear the crinkling of the pages as I open the living, breathing, promise-filled Word of God! As I turn to Genesis 12, GodContinue reading “Not today Satan!”

But what if you are STRUGGLING to believe God?

Noah lived 350 years after the flood and dies. His descendants are listed in Genesis 10. The earth population grows. At this point, all people spoke the same language and they decided to stay together and build a city and a tall tower in the plain of Shinar (Babylon). (Gen 11) But remember, God hadContinue reading “But what if you are STRUGGLING to believe God?”

The Questioning of Truth. Same Old ATTACK.

So the cunning, evil, serpent (the fallen Satan) questions Eve about what God had really said to her. (Gen 3:1) He then tells her what God has said is not really true. (Gen 3:4) The one who has come to steal, kill and destroy is saying the same thing, right now, to you, me andContinue reading “The Questioning of Truth. Same Old ATTACK.”

THIS is the way we fight our battles and walk in peace.

Slow down, friend. Take note of this. This is some help-you stuff. The Apostle Paul doesn’t just say take a passing glance at good things, he says MEDITATE on them. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things areContinue reading “THIS is the way we fight our battles and walk in peace.”

Warning! Don’t be seduced by false teachers of our day!

Paul seems to abruptly shift gears as he talks of rejoicing in the Lord (Phil 3:1) and then, BOOM!, “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of mutilation!” (Phil 3:2) Paul is warning the believers to be on guard and to flee dangerous false teachers who put confidence in the flesh. If anyone hadContinue reading “Warning! Don’t be seduced by false teachers of our day!”

Things to remember when “this” is hard and you long for victory.

What’s your “this”? As Paul famously sat imprisoned for the faith, he knew “this” would turn out for his deliverance through prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:19). He needed prayer and he needed the Holy Spirit to earnestly hope he wouldn’t be ashamed, but that Christ would be magnifiedContinue reading “Things to remember when “this” is hard and you long for victory.”

Don’t put faith in your own faith.

I think the enemy would love for us to believe we are the only ones whose faith has faltered. But this is not biblical. Throughout Scripture, God allows us to peak into the lives of some of the most faithful when they were the least faithful. Why would He do that? Perhaps, God allows usContinue reading “Don’t put faith in your own faith.”

These words should never be spoken by a Christian!

“I’m so happy you found your truth”. These words should never be spoken from the mouth of a Christian. There is no “your truth” and “my truth”. Truth is not relative. God forbid that we tell anyone, anywhere, about any subject, that they can find their own personal truth. But that’s just what I’m seeing,Continue reading “These words should never be spoken by a Christian!”