I have a challenging question. Yes, it deals with God, but in an unexpected way. Answering it requires you to not get irritated with me and to candidly answer only after deeply pondering the question. I mean you no harm. I do not judge you. I will not judge your...read more
What would make dust celebrate? Crouched in a musty corner of a Middle Eastern tomb, I watched as family and friends hurriedly embalmed him, muttering about an approaching deadline. What difference do deadlines matter now? The yellow, reddish-marbled, limestone walls,...read more
I don’t like heights. Keep me on terra firma where, if I stumble, I don’t have far to fall. Additionally, I don’t like tight spaces. If I can’t stretch, move around, or see the way ahead of me, the world closes in. Both require a certain amount of faith—and faith...read more
I do not understand God’s love. Mind you, I deeply appreciate it and revel in its favor. However, when faced with “God so loved the world,” I struggle. My hesitation is not with the Mother Teresa or Billy Graham personalities of humanity. Their decency, graciousness,...read more
How would you react if God shared a specific date and time with you in a vivid dream? Would fear paralyze your heart? Would you speculate as to who it impacted? It might cause you to wonder if it was when someone would die – possibly you? Maybe regret would overwhelm...read more
The four injections to my spine almost made me swear (no worries, I didn’t). But I did inform the doctor he was off my Christmas list. Over six months ago, I started feeling sharp pains in my lower back, throbbing / tingling down one leg, and numbness in the other. It...read more
I hate bullying—when stronger, more influential people take advantage of the weaker. When I hear of such an attack, something inside revolts and I want to lash out at the offender(s) to make them pay and put them in their place. One such occasion still haunts me. I...read more
“You have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. (John 18:39-40) Release can bring...read more
Loving is serving, but not all serving is loving. The motives behind serving determines whether or not it is loving. My wife and I recently participated in a small group study discussion on dating and marriage relationships. As each person shared his or her thoughts...read more
Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2) Before we start, please understand I am not trivializing corrective discipline or salvation. I am simply sharing a slightly humorous childhood experience with eternal...read more
“Do you want to be well?” What? Do I want to be well? I bristled at the question. What kind of insensitive thing is that to ask of someone in my condition? Who did this stranger think he is? He does not know me—why would he presume there was something wrong with me!...read more
Don’t always believe everything you hear just because someone says it is a message from God: test (confirm) it first to see if it really is. For there are many false teachers around. (1 John 4:1, parenthesis added) News flash: Just because something is posted online...read more
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