A Deep Sadness

“I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.” (Psalm 31:10 NLT) Grief can be a debilitating disease of the soul. While grief can be healthy and helpful, it can also drive us to a destructive self-analysis that can be crippling. IfContinue reading “A Deep Sadness”

A Crisis of Faith

“A Cry was heard in Ramah – weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.” (Matthew 2:18 NLT) This verse in Matthew’s Gospel is a quote from the Prophet Jeremiah and speaks to the deep anguish many Jewish parents felt after Herod, in an effort toContinue reading “A Crisis of Faith”

What Do You Expect?

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.” (Ephesians 5:2 NLT) As a pastor I was privileged to sit with people in the best times of their lives and their worst times. A parent’s worst nightmareContinue reading “What Do You Expect?”

The Darkness of That Saturday!

“But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.” (Luke 23:56b NLT) We, as followers of Jesus, celebrate Good Friday, commemorating the day Jesus died for our sin. And we joyfully worship on Resurrection Sunday, acknowledging Jesus’ victory over death and the grave. But seldomContinue reading “The Darkness of That Saturday!”

Persevere in Prayer

“Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12b NLT) While reading Scott Walker’s book, Glimpses of God (page 48) I read these words: “When I was a boy, I heard my father preach about a perilous moment in the life of the evangelist, Dwight L Moody. Moody had been in Europe and was sailing across theContinue reading “Persevere in Prayer”

Grappling With Grief (Part 3)

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8 NLT) Two lessons I’ve learned and will pass on for your consideration. First, the truth upon which I’m seeking to build my life, which enables me to hold lifeContinue reading “Grappling With Grief (Part 3)”

Grappling With Grief (Part 2)

“The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” (Job 1:21b NLT) In some ways, life is like driving a car. I may have trained for years and believe I have full knowledge and confidence that my vehicle is under my complete control, andContinue reading “Grappling With Grief (Part 2)”

Grappling With Grief (Part 1)

 “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4 NLT) Let me say at the outset that the next few posts aren’t intended to be a discourse on how anyone should or shouldn’t grieveContinue reading “Grappling With Grief (Part 1)”

Is Heaven a Real Place?

“Now Christ has gone to heaven.” (1 Peter 3:22a NLT) In Revelation 21:3-4 John writes: “I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear fromContinue reading “Is Heaven a Real Place?”

Holding Life with Open Hands

“The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b NLT) Suffering loss can be debilitating, and it can take many shapes. If you’re a pet lover, you’ll understand how heartbreaking losing a pet can be. Lola was only five pounds when sheContinue reading “Holding Life with Open Hands”