Imagine that, after suffering a loss on the battlefield, an American army general decided to galvanize his troops by taking the Declaration of Independence into battle. Sounds a little farfetched, I know. What kind of general would play so fast and loose with one of the most precious artifacts in the nation’s history? Though it … Continue reading Are You Casual with the Holiness of God?
Category: Who Is God?
God’s Providence Despite Bad Leadership
Esther, the unique Old Testament narrative, could compete with any New York Times bestselling thriller: assassination attempts, conspiracy, hidden identities, vendettas, suspense, romance, and poetic justice. Most curiously, the book never mentions the name of God. Yet, undeniably, one if its major themes is the providence of God. At first, this may seem counterintuitive. How … Continue reading God’s Providence Despite Bad Leadership
God Can’t Wait to Forgive You
Bloodthirsty, vicious, fearsome, violent, wicked, indomitable—these are just a few of the words that describe the ancient Assyrian empire. Though Israel was just a bump in the road to these pillagers, it was a bump they desperately wanted to own. So they started breathing down the neck of God’s chosen people. As they felt the … Continue reading God Can’t Wait to Forgive You
For the Weary
Busy. Tired. Worn out. Burnt out. If you ask someone how they’re doing, and don’t hear “fine” in response, chances are pretty good you heard some form of the list above. We are a society that thrives on being “on-the-go,” involved in everything from soccer and PTA to community service and church ministry. Even if … Continue reading For the Weary
How Does Your Mind Instruct You at Night?
You turn off the light, close your eyes, and wait for sleep to take you. Instead, your mind takes off, thinking about the events of the day behind you, your to-do list for the day in front of you, and all your fears for the future. Your body aches with exhaustion, yet you don’t sleep … Continue reading How Does Your Mind Instruct You at Night?
Where Does My Help Come From?
What do you like to do on long journeys? Listen to music? Play games? Watch movies? Listen to an audiobook? I enjoy all of those things. I wonder if the children of Israel played I Spy as they traversed to Jerusalem twice a year: “I spy with my little eye something…brown.” “Sand?” I doubt they … Continue reading Where Does My Help Come From?
The Good Life in 2022 (Part 2)
A quick Twitter search of #blessed will yield literally hundreds, if not thousands, of results. Scrolling through these will give you an idea of how popular culture thinks of being blessed. In the brief time I looked at these Tweets, I found shout-outs for homemade beef barley soup, Christian country music, a life that is … Continue reading The Good Life in 2022 (Part 2)
A Thanksgiving Warning: Worshiper or Whiner?
Chapters 12-16 of Exodus unfold something like this: Chapter 12: The First Passover—God delivers His people out of slavery in EgyptChapter 13: A call to remember God’s deliverance of His peopleChapter 14: God parts the Red Sea to seal the deliverance of His peopleChapter 16: The people grumble about their hunger; God provides Manna At … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Warning: Worshiper or Whiner?
A Song for All My Days
I live with a toddler who is currently obsessed with one particular song from one particular movie. I’m convinced that he would listen to this song on repeat for days at a time if his father and I would let him. Requests for “Mack Song” (aka "Life Is a Highway" from Cars) come in the … Continue reading A Song for All My Days
Find Hope in the God of All
Let’s face it. Life is hard, and it seems to be getting harder all the time. Whether you’re a work-from-home parent faced with homeschooling kids weary of virtual learning or you’re grieving the loss of a loved one or facing a medical battle of your own or just burdened by the events unfolding in the … Continue reading Find Hope in the God of All