On the back porch this morning, watching the rain drizzle down. The hard clay and soil of our yard hesitantly drinks in the much needed water. But the rain continues. In the scriptures rain often signaled God’s favorable response to Israel’s repentance. Repentance produced rain and a subsequent agricultural bounty to feed a nation. As … More Rains of change
Forgiving. It’s never easy. Childhood memories of gulping down bitter cough syrup come to mind. I hate the stress in my soul when I’m faced with an offense. We’ve all faced the discomfort. Having lived on both sides of the forgiveness exchange, I cherish those who know how to forgive well and receive forgiveness. The pathway … More 8 Things to know about forgiveness
We’ve all felt a twinge of suspicion when someone claims to have “heard from God.” We know God speaks, but hearing Him can be difficult. Learning how to hear His voice by trial and error can be an unnerving experience…. … More How Do I Hear God?
But salvation is not God’s payment plan for the morally indebted. Salvation is God’s resuscitation plan for the dead. … More Jesus didn’t die to forgive your sins
In mud boots, I crawled out a window onto my front porch. The early morning rains and blasts of cold air extinguished the warmth I felt under my jacket. Minuets later floodwaters poured into our home. I stumbled from the porch and sank deeper into the chilling current. Waist deep in the dark water I … More Where is God?
“This year I’m going to…” I’ve repeated that resolution in a self-affirming voice to myself. I’ve declared my Rubicon crossing many a January and often met the inevitable failure that follows. From resolutions of learning languages to healthy workout plans, my aspirations, vainly linked to a changing calendar date, have been common. The cycle of … More Break the cycle
“This is the life!” She gleefully declared. She was a tourist relaxing in a casually perched corner hammock overlooking a scenic blue ocean. My wife and I were seated near her awaiting our seafood lunch order. I couldn’t help but considering, “is this the life?” I don’t know anything about our fellow restaurant patron, but … More This is the Life