Last Words and the Beginning of Hope

Philippians 2:6-7 “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” A person’s last words carry a hefty punch. I cared for my dad the final week of Continue Reading…

Redemption: Nobody Does It Better Than God

Micah 7:18 “Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives…?” “Easter is my favorite time of the year” echoes through my mind during Passion Week. My dad often spoke those endearing words the last few years of his life. It’s no wonder. After sixty-five years of rebellion and regret, Continue Reading…

Redeemed Storytellers

Psalm 107:2 “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe” They know God’s goodness and love will never end because they’ve been to the end…. Psalm 107 lists them as wilderness wanderers. Rebel prisoners. Foolhardy sufferers. Imperiled adventurers.  They have a story of redemption Continue Reading…

The Power of Self-Condemnation

 1 John 3:21-22 “Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.” “And you, my tender-hearted, overly conscientious friend, can rest in Him too, so that your prayers will Continue Reading…

End Runs

Mark 1:45 “…As a result, Jesus could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. Yet the people still came to him from everywhere.” Satan is the master messer-upper. He fans the flames of separation and hatred, incites violence, and does anything within the power he’s been granted to Continue Reading…

Humanness

Luke 22:51 “But Jesus answered, ‘No more of this!’ And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.” Sometimes our humanness just plain stinks—especially when we fail to recognize it. We think we are doing the “Lord’s will,” but our motivation is fueled more by our flesh than the Holy Spirit. It’s Continue Reading…