James: Partiality and Mercy

I recently started reading a book called Live Not by Lies by Rod Dreher. It is a phenomenal book about Christian dissidence in the face of totalitarianism. Rod Dreher interviewed many people who escaped from communist regimes. He asked a Russian Orthodox man why the people fell for the Bolsheviks propaganda. The man explained that… Continue reading James: Partiality and Mercy

Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

I know I promised the start of a series on James this week, but I am yet again taking a small tangent. While I am continuing to study that loaded book of the Bible, I want to share something else that has also been on the forefront of my mind: God’s goodness in undesirable circumstances.… Continue reading Good Even When We Don’t Feel It

Dead Inside

In his commentary on Revelation, Craig S. Keener recalls the story of Micky Cohen, a Los Angeles gangster of the 1940s. While Cohen did make a public declaration of faith at one point, he was confronted my his Christian friends who noted that he hadn’t changed his lifestyle. Cohen said, “You never told me I… Continue reading Dead Inside

Rich Sufferers

There are over 260 million Christians living in just the top 50 countries which rank high on the World Watch List for persecution against Christianity. The number of Christians killed last year for their faith is 2,983 and 9,488 churches and other Christian buildings were attacked in these top 50 countries. Last year alone, 3,711… Continue reading Rich Sufferers

Here is the Church

Remember that rhyme we all did with the hand motions as children? “Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Open the doors and where are the people?” As a youth who grew up in the church, that always shocked me a bit. I thought, “why wouldn’t people be in the church?” My parents tried… Continue reading Here is the Church

Where do we go from here?

My house is peacefully quite this Wednesday morning. I’m watching the chilly November sun rise as I am warmed by a fuzzy blanket, a big cup of coffee, and my worn out Bible in my lap. This serenity is threatened by every pop up notification on my phone and the small itching in me to… Continue reading Where do we go from here?

Light in the Darkness

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle in… Continue reading Light in the Darkness

More Self-Control

Everything in me didn’t want to face today. I pulled the covers over my eyes but I knew I had to get up. Maybe not as early as I should have, but I did pull back the covers and faced all that was before me. My jaw clenched and I felt my hands form into… Continue reading More Self-Control

More Gentleness

“Needing a storm warning” “Spitfire” “Bulldozer” These are just a few of the affection comments I’ve gotten about my personality. Unfortunately, my approach has not always reflected the character of God as displayed to Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11-12. “‘Go out and stand before me on the mountain,’ the Lord told him. And as Elijah… Continue reading More Gentleness

More Faithfulness

Many years ago while I was married to my first husband, I went grocery shopping by myself. While exiting the store, a couple of strapping young men caught my eye. Lacking all subtly, I ogled them as I was taking my groceries to my vehicle. I was so distracted that I didn’t see the curb… Continue reading More Faithfulness