When I was a child, I had the misconception that I could knowingly sin – plan to sin – and later tell God that I was sorry. “I’ll do this now, but I’ll plan to ask God for forgiveness later, and he will be okay with that,” was my philosophy. Sounds pretty dumb, right? I… Continue reading Rend Your Heart
I’ve been reading the Bible through chronologically since last summer or thereabouts. The winter months found me forging through the major and minor prophets. The minor prophets in particular seem a bit dark to me, filled as they are with prophetic warnings from God to his people about what doom would befall them, should they… Continue reading Old Testament God vs. New Testament Jesus?
Since I began this blog about a year ago, my reasons for blogging have changed. At first, I blogged to hone my writing skills. My freelance work is steady, but assignments are generally weeks apart. Blogging provided needed practice. As well, my posts provided a way to extend a branch to a community of… Continue reading Thank You, WordPress Community!
Consider this: when the woman at the well ran to tell her fellow townspeople, “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" (John 4:29) she was excited about far more than the fact that Jesus inexplicably knew intimate details of her life. Let’s start at… Continue reading Is Not This The Christ?
My favorite movie has long been Pride & Prejudice, the 2005 version starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Artistically crafted and perfectly acted, everything about this movie captivates me. If you’re a fan, I don’t need to explain further. If you’re not…well, I won’t bore you anymore. But I do have a point to make.… Continue reading Pride & Prejudice, and Staying in Love Anyway
Love. It's the word that defines John and his written work, from his gospel, to his epistles, and even the book of Revelation. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16 The Gospel of John… Continue reading The Man Whom Jesus Loved
Perhaps just as important to Jewish history as Queen Esther, was her guardian and cousin, Mordecai. In the book of Esther, Mordecai was the one who, "when her father and mother were dead, took (Esther) for his own daughter" (Esther 2:7c). We see from Esther's actions in the king's palace that Mordecai had raised her… Continue reading A Man with the Right Words at the Right Time
I've spent the week reading Randy Alcorn's book The Treasure Principle and learning Matthew 6:19-21, about saving up treasure in heaven. To continue with the theme which has so inspired me, I chose giving as the theme for today's post. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same… Continue reading Old Soul Quotes: Giving
I love that old praise song, "God Is Good, All the Time." We certainly saw evidence of that in our lives this week, one of those situations in which God went above and beyond to provide in ways we could never have imagined. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the… Continue reading He Is Just That Good
In a recent sermon about the early Christians in Acts, my pastor touched upon the importance of maintaining the wonder and joy of our salvation and our God. We should, he reminded us, feel free to express those emotions in a church service—not in a way that would draw attention to ourselves and detract from… Continue reading Clap Your Hands, All Ye People