Brothers and Sisters, When God exposes deep, dark ugly sin in the church, our brokenness tempts us to contribute failure on God’s part to protect the vulnerable. Without realizing it, we begin to ask deep questions of God’s character, strength, and abilities. Why does God allow evil? Why does God allow children to be victimized? If God made this world to be good, why … Read More Why does God allow evil?
People are fickle, frail, and broken. Even the best of us have times of selfishness because of traumatic events. If we look to people to show us what God is like, they will fail us. Human love is a reflection of God’s love because we are made in his image, but our love can be affected by our moods, pride, stress levels, and broken … Read More Meditations: Jesus is Trustworthy
Have you ever felt small and insignificant? At times, I feel so small that I’m not worthy of notice. I believed God didn’t care about my broken heart and my unmanageable life. The background of the little church in the little town of Colosse demonstrates that God has no favorites. Colosse was small town that made up part of a tri-state area. It makes … Read More Insignificant, Small Colosse
Monday rolls around, and instead of refreshed from a Sunday rest, we drag ourselves into the work week. This morning, I woke up reminded that the Savior I know commands the storms of my life. Storms train me in patience. Storms coach me in perseverance. Storms drill me for long-suffering. Storms hone my mercy for others and myself. Storms educate me in compassion. Storms … Read More Monday with a chance of rain
Horoscopes, mysticism, Chinese fortune cookies, yoga, and New Age influenced philosophies… Can we use them to advance our knowledge? Can we adopt the good, motivational parts of the world to under-gird our faith in Jesus? Is there any room for an overwhelming emotional experience that forces an involuntary response to strengthen our faith? A popular devotional writer wrote her salvation experience this way, “Suddenly … Read More Rooted: A Study of Colossians
In a male dominated world, we often lean on the man-ish characteristics of God. He is powerful and mighty. His strong arm is able to save. We call him Father. In honor of Mother’s Day let us be encouraged by God’s softness. Let us celebrate that God is compassionate and tender with us. We learn so much about God’s character through the names that … Read More Meditations: The tenderness of God
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14 Something changed in her, an innocence lost. As she looked out, the world seemed to be losing color, so she hung her head. The ground seemed to be shaking. She looked around. No one else seemed to notice. To her terror, she realized, she alone felt the tremors of … Read More Be Light
I don’t know about you, but the recent outed allegedabuse and misconduct shook my world. I am trying to process, but right now, all of these hidden sins coming to light devastated my reality. Early in our ministry, Jon and I read the book A Hill on Which to Die by Paul Pressler. This book gave us a foundation to know that there are … Read More When Heroes Fall
This week 1 Corinthians rocked my world! Often, we study single verses out of context, and they begin to reflect what is inside our hearts. When, we take the time to read through the whole letter, God uses his word to display himself into our hearts and supernatural healing begins. See what I did there? Reflection is natural to humans. We were designed to … Read More Meditation: Holiness
My word for the year is resurrection. Unpacking the impact of the resurrection on my life now and into eternity reveals the blessings of salvation through Jesus Christ. In one word there contains eternal hope, unspeakable joy, and incomparable love. We often focus on the future hope of resurrection, but it impacts our lives abundantly now. For if we have been united with him … Read More Meditation: Esprit de corps
Chosen! “Not You” these two words would slash and dice my self-image over and over as a child as an adult as a wife as a mother as a friend. Come to think about it, there isn’t a situation that I can think of that these two words weren’t said to me. Once, I was invited to a birthday party so that a girl, … Read More Not Loved, Not my People
The disciples said to him, “If this is the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.” Jesus replied, “Not everyone can accept this word.” Matthew 19:10-11 Jesus set a higher standard for us than we are able to live out, and He was far more divisive than Christians want to admit sometimes. He reserved his harshest words for … Read More You can’t have my sugar.