Jesus knew the ensuing chaos of a world where He was not welcomed or wanted. He could foresee the world in which we, his followers, would temporarily reside until His return to Earth…and He prayed. “I pray for them. I am not praying for the world but for those you have given me, because … Continue reading Confidence In Chaos, Part Two
Chaos. What images does your mind conjure up when you see this word? Images from your home life? Your job…or multiple jobs? COVID-19? Protests? Political situations? Health problems? A broken relationship? Bills piling up? The ‘poo’plosion your baby did in her diaper just as you were NEEDING to walk out the door for an appointment? … Continue reading Confidence In Chaos
History is sprinkled with a few who defy normalcy. A handful of individuals who have left a legacy of an aurora-like experience to life. One so unique that their days spent on earth comprise a category all their own, in contrast to the billions who have called earth home.Moses was such a man.Life began in … Continue reading Defy Normalcy
“I want to live conquered, and not experience a life free of oppression,” said No One ever.We need law, and want liberty. We need authority, and want autonomy. We need others, and want to exalt the self.Can there be any balance between the needs of life, and the wants of life?We see the paradoxes of … Continue reading In Pursuit of a Paradox’s Purpose
GUMPTION. A word with a hilarious sound, but heroic definition. The Greek word, deilos, is used when one is cowardly, and there is a needless fear of “loss.” Deilos, describes a person who has lost their gumption, or in other words their determination and courage. O Gumption, Where Art Thou? It might sound like the … Continue reading O Gumption, Where Art Thou?
Thoughts turn like the pages of a skeptic’s encyclopedia. Troubled times seem more like a series of pantomimed clues in a game of charades. Has certainty been shaken?Everyone’s mood more weathered than the change of seasons. Maybe it’s just the spring showers cascading a deeper hue of grey, hiding the rainbows from view. But, let’s … Continue reading Stalwart, yet Silent
Ten brothers had journeyed down to Egypt. Famine had overtaken their homeland. They simply needed food. Complications weren’t anticipated; after all, Genesis 41:56-57 informs us that, “The famine was over all the face of the earth…So all countries came to Joseph in Egypt to buy grain.” As the brothers approached Joseph, the usual business formalities … Continue reading What Goes Around Comes Around…Or Does It?
Have you ever had a life-changing experience or a transformative encounter with someone? What emotions and memories come flooding into your mind as you recall your experience? As we take time to remember and reflect upon these defining moments, we can often relive the wonderment and reverence felt. Imagine how Pharaoh's butler must have felt … Continue reading Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts
Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter