When Words Aren’t Enough

“Then David asked the Lord, ‘Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?’ And the Lord told him, ‘Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!’” (1 Samuel 30:8 NLT) 1 Samuel 30 records a story of the Amalekites raiding Ziklag, where David and hisContinue reading “When Words Aren’t Enough”

The Choice Is Yours

“The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness . . . and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the LORD was sorry He had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke His heart” (Genesis 6:5-6 NLT) What breaks your heart? There are lotsContinue reading “The Choice Is Yours”

When You Can’t See Through the Fog

“For the Lord God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in You.” (Psalm 84:11-12 NLT) One of the most difficult and scary environments in whichContinue reading “When You Can’t See Through the Fog”

If Only He’d Waited! (Part 2)

“’Tonight all of you will desert Me. For the Scriptures say, “God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”’” (Matthew 26:31 NLT) In yesterday’s post we looked at Judas’ betrayal, considering that in each of us resides the potential of being a betrayer. The fact is, “… everyone hasContinue reading “If Only He’d Waited! (Part 2)”

When Prayer is Hard

“And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.” (Romans 8:26a NLT) Has this Christmas season been hard? Perhaps a severe loss has you grieving. I get it. Pain is a tremendous deterrent to celebration. It’s as though life has been sucked out of us. Even as Jesus followers, we’re not exempt from the anguishContinue reading “When Prayer is Hard”

Asking Some Hard Questions About Suicide (Part 1)

“He gave His life to free us from every kind of sin…” (Titus 2:14a NLT) Having wrestled with depression much of my adult life, I’ve seriously considered suicide as an option on more than one occasion. The insights and guidance of godly friends and professional Christian counselors have been helpful, but ultimately what saved myContinue reading “Asking Some Hard Questions About Suicide (Part 1)”