November 2016

The Fire

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation….

When It’s Falling Apart

“Love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.” Leonard Cohen I realize this isn’t exactly Scripture, but it spoke to me about the darkness we experience sometimes in our souls. I think so often as Christians, we feel as though we are supposed to always be up, happy and…

Religion Vs. Faith

I have been thinking a lot recently about the differences between religion and faith. So often in counseling, I talk with people who have been steeped in religion and can’t see Jesus because of all the religious garbage. Religion is when life is up to me. Faith is when life is up to God. I…

The Elder Son

Lk 15:11-32 It is an interesting predicament we find ourselves in sometimes in this life with Christ. We identify so much with the prodigal son and are so thankful for God’s grace in the face of our blatant stupidity. Then, as we continue on, we forget some of that and start looking at those walking…

Revelation

As most of you know, we are expecting our first baby in June 2011. Although my pregnancy has not been bad at all, there is a certain amount of impatience that seems to develop as we wait for the baby to be born. I love to feel him kick and wonder what he will look…

Humility

“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matt 23:12 Yesterday was one of those days. The kids weren’t napping, so they were tiny tyrants most of the day. A lady cut in front of me in line at the grocery store, and then, of course, had a price check…

But They Don’t Deserve It!

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you…

The Cure For My Weakness

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 I remember the first time I heard Mike’s phrase “There is nothing the nearness…

Is My Faith Enough?

And Jesus said to him, “’If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 Sometimes as I contemplate the seemingly insurmountable obstacles ahead, believing that God is at work seems like a far-off dream. It is easy to let the “realities” of this world drown the faith in the supernatural work…

The Race

“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy…