Close

just

When “What ifs” and “Whys” Try to Steal Your Hope

After a jarring or difficult event has happened in your life, have you ever found yourself asking, “What if I or someone else hadn’t ____________ then ______________ would have happened instead?” And the “instead” is always a better or more favorable outcome in your way of thinking. This mental game leads us around the board of life to “Why” every time. Why didn’t I do this instead of that? Why didn’t I think of _______________ […]

Read More

What to Do When Your Heart and Mind Tell You God Has Left the Building

How many times have you asked yourself where God is and was in your trials, pain, wounds? It seems as if a sovereign, loving, good God would be ready and willing to answer such prayers. But instead it feels as if God has left the building. You are standing alone in the middle of a scary and often intimidating world, where your prayers go unanswered and the echo of emptiness is deafening to your soul. […]

Read More

Patience is a Hard Word

Patience is a hard word. It is hard to grasp God’s patience in the midst of us being broken by other broken people. Why does He wait? Why does He tolerate sin? Why doesn’t He crush rebellion immediately? The answers have much to do with what we have already explored about God. He is holy and does not excuse our sin or other’s sin. He is not powerless to save, rescue, or punish – look […]

Read More

God’s Love Defined

I love God. I love my husband. I love my kids. I love grilled cheese sandwiches. I love chocolate ice cream. I love your hair. I love your house. I love my church family. I love that dress. I love this song. I love this movie. I love this game. I love this t.v. show. I love potato chips. I love my mom. I love my dad. I love my hair. I love God’s Word. […]

Read More

Is God Really Good?

In the Garden God created a place with extraordinary beauty, lush and plentiful food for the animals, and humans made in His image to live in relationship with Him and His creation in perfect unity. But in Genesis 2:16 we find God giving this command to Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the Garden, but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when […]

Read More

“Hell in a Handbasket”

I read of terrible things happening to people. Shootings. Divorce. Big corporations running over little people. People groups displaced by greed. Authority misplaced and misused. People doing right and having wrong done to them – unearned pain. I could go on, but you know what I mean. It looks like the world has gone to hell in a handbasket and no one is even noticing. We want to right the boat and yet it feels […]

Read More