Dear God, I don’t want to seem childish and whiny, but I’m so tired of struggling. My patience is wearing out; I don’t understand what you’re doing or where you are, and I’m frustrated. My sister still has MS, I have bills to pay and no money, my mom is disabled, the IRS is after me for my tax return of two years ago, and my son was arrested last week.
But you’ve always been there for me in the... Read More
Everybody knows that children chafe at adult ways. They resist growing up because of all the hard work, self-sacrifice, and chores that adulthood entails. They resent being told no. They don’t like waiting and deferring to others when their own wants seem so urgent. They just don’t understand the adult world.
Here’s an insight—the maturing process doesn’t stop at age 16. In fact, we will be in God’s school of maturation our whole lives. I don’t care how old you... Read More
I remember when one of my sons started taking guitar lessons. The enthusiastic melodies would echo down the hallway with such a rush that my wife and I would respond, “Keep it down!” Our other son was the singer. At the table. On his bike. And sometimes singing instead of otherwise getting ready, so that my wife and I would interject, “Stop singing!” We became the sound police, but then wondered if it was right to be squelching such abounding... Read More
Do you ever ponder why it’s so hard to forgive other people? I know why. Holding onto the grievance makes you feel righteous, morally superior. Forgiving someone takes the risk of enabling more bad behavior. The worse you can make somebody look in your own mind, the easier it is to overlook your own weaknesses and failures. And—if you hold onto your anger, you have powerful weapons to use in the next argument.
Jesus had severe words for any disciple... Read More
On November 30, a 7.0 earthquake rocked Alaska that left roads crumbled, houses damaged, tsunami warnings issued, and treasured items shattered. By December 3, more than 2,600 aftershocks had taken place. As of December 10, they passed the 4,000 mark.
While the rest of the country has moved on from the news, Alaska residents are worn out from the continuous shaking. They’re on edge, waiting for the next one to strike. It doesn’t help that with an earthquake of such... Read More
To those who explain that Mary gave birth to Jesus naturally, I say: the virgin birth of Jesus is as unnatural of a birth as you can find, as the very grace of God itself is unnatural. That’s something to contemplate at Christmastime.
“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew... Read More
Most people I know no longer make New Year’s resolutions. Maybe they’re tired of the dieting fads. Maybe they don’t really know what they want. But most likely, they’re sick of failing.
I get it. I’m still carrying some of the love handles that I promised to lose. And I haven’t hit all my financial goals either.
But I’m going to do it again.
I’m going to make New Year’s resolutions in 2019.
Why? Because Jesus died for us so... Read More
It sure seems to me that our world is getting more violent all the time. Knuckleheads with guns drive around the city, taking their revenge on their enemies right out in the open. Innocent people get shot on their porches and in their homes. Children get caught in the crossfire. Thieves steal anything unsecured; robbers look at people as their private banks and make their “withdrawals” whenever they see an opening. Worse, so many thugs seem to get away with... Read More
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room and heaven and nature sing.
Nobody would have expected the great King of all to arrive like that. All the royalty in Grimm’s Fairy Tales arrive in carriages drawn by a team of white horses. Can you believe that your Lord and Master arrived on earth through the birth process? And had nothing to wear but strips of cloth? And was... Read More
I love to read. You?
I’ve heard, “Readers are leaders!” and “Five years from now you’ll be the exact same person apart from the books you read and the people you meet.”
I’ve found that to be true. Sermon series are birthed out of the books I read. Habits are started or stopped based on the words I study and highlight at night. How many ideas can you gather, mistakes can you avoid, and Scripture passages can you apply with... Read More