Many of us have a love-hate relationship with “reconciliation” – as most of us would argue that it’s simply hard. I mean REALLY hard and often times painful. And yet the difficulty or pain of it shouldn’t deter us from the holiness of it. Continue reading FamilyFire: TRYING to Reconcile My Struggle with Reconciliation
Psalm 121 is a song and encouragement of hope while the people ascended through the hills and into the city of God. It’s a song of hope and encouragement while struck with fear. Continue reading Psalm 121: A Psalm of Courage When Fearful
Today’s podcast jumps in to the second Judge in Israel’s history: Ehud. It’s a story that is intentional and meant to be humerous in the facts shared. And yet with all the facts we are given this isn’t a story about Ehud but of God. It’s a story that shows us the intentionality of a Judge all the while declaring the intentionality of God towards his undeserving children. Continue reading Judges 3:12-30 God’s Response to Undeserving People
Each morning I spend time reading scripture and this morning 4 simple verses popped out at me. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more … Continue reading Divisions Smavisions!
Psalm 120 is the first of a set of “psalms of ascent” that would have been sung as the people went UP to the presence of God. And in this psalm we get a desire of the people to be removed from all lies and deceit. Continue reading Psalm 120: A Psalm of Ascending Amid a Sea of Lies
Outside of being a minister and writing my own meandering thoughts sometimes I also carve out a little time to write for a branch of the denomination that I serve (Christian Reformed Church) called “FamilyFire.” Their goal is to provide blogs and thoughts from a Christian worldview. The hope is that we all realize we struggle and we all need help. They have wonderful stuff … Continue reading FamilyFire: Confronting My Fears
Today’s podcast is our 2nd in the series and really should be seen as an “over-arching understanding” of the whole book of Judges. So while we don’t get specifically INTO a judge what we get is WHAT was going on and why. Continue reading Judges 2:6-23 The Saving Work of God