I love my country and this blog is not an attempt to bash it. I simply want to highlight the contrast between American cultural values and the upside-down values of the Kingdom of God. You could say that Jesus is un-American because American culture is very ego-centric—it’s all about me, the individual. American culture is … More Is Jesus Un-American?
Have you ever felt like you were walking through fog? Have you ever asked the Lord what in the world is going on, why certain things are happening in your life? Have you ever prayed sincerely about something only to be left wondering why the Lord was delaying his answer? The story of Jesus raising … More Walking in the Fog
The Apostle Paul told the church at Rome “we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope” (Romans 5:3-4). One of the greatest things about Christianity is that it teaches there can be meaning in the midst of suffering. One of the things clearly taught in … More From “Why” to “How”
Sometimes the inspiration to keep on plodding comes from looking at the life of someone who has suffered much but who still somehow finds a way to keep going. My Aunt Francie’s life was changed dramatically when she was 21 years old, when a driver who was passing another car on a hill ran into … More I will not die before I die!
There are, of course, many different kinds of suffering in life. Some suffering comes as a direct consequence of our own sinful choices or other people’s sinful choices. Other suffering comes directly from Satan and his demons or indirectly, through people used as Satan’s pawns. Still other suffering is a result of God’s discipline, as … More He could have walked away