Life gets hard, and in these times where the world and subsequently God doesn't seem to make sense, we need to wrestle like Jacob did. When we do so, We'll find God's blessing.
Faith and Figs
There’s this often overlooked aspect of the week before Easter where Jesus curses a Fig tree, but this brief event can teach us a lot about good, evil, God, and our faith.
A Reason to Celebrate
Celebrations are a lot of work and they feel like they can lose their meaning over time, but God had a special purpose for them. He knew we would need celebrations to refresh and strengthen our souls.
Easter Advent Week 1
Remember Who You Are If you ask me what my favorite holiday is, I would have to say Christmas. The lights and snow brightening up the dark winter nights and the prospect of hope entering the world are the main reasons. Perhaps it also has something to do with the fact my birthday is the... Continue Reading →
When Hope (Seems To) Fail
One of the main messages of Christmas is hope. But there are years in our life when those prayers for hope go unanswered. Even though it seems like God has failed you, you’re not alone. And even when it’s hard to see, there is always hope.
When My Children Became My Gods
The first commandment of the ten commandments is to have no other gods before God. Although most of us don’t bow down and worship statues, it can be surprisingly easy to let ourselves and other people become gods instead. When we do, our lives fall apart, but there’s hope.
Emotional Freedom Part 3
Once we decide to follow Christ, and live according to the pattern he set for us, Satan and his forces will do all they can to stop us. They will twist our emotions so that we're ineffective in the assignments God has for us. But just as Jesus overcame Satan by rising from the dead, so can we.
Joseph: “Guess who.” Mary: (spins around.) “Joseph! You’ll never believe what just happened.” Joseph: “It took you less than an hour to fold all the laundry?” Mary: “I just saw an angel.” Joseph: “Like an angel of the Lord? Come, on Mary. I know you like to be creative, but don’t you think that’s a little far. Angels only appear to great people.” Mary: “But one did, Joseph! It’s no story! I’m telling the truth.” Joseph: “Well, what did he tell you then, dear?” Mary: “The Lord, He came upon me and said I would bear His son. I’m pregnant. Just like the prophet Isaiah said, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” [Isaiah 7:14]