When was the last time you had a bad night’s sleep? What was it that made it so bad? Was it bad dreams? You wake up in a cold sweat. Images and sounds race in your mind, and then you sit up. You remind yourself that it was just a dream. But even with that, … More When You Can’t Sleep
The perfect cup of coffee. The mountains. Sitting with my husband. Crossing a task off my list. Children asking for second helpings of a new dish. Those are places of peace and prosperity for me. Those are places of tranquility and safety, where everything is right in the world. Those are my “peace like a … More It Is Well
As a pastor, I can tell you that we are so often the recipients of various questions. We are asked about current events, or our opinions on politics, or even controversies. There are some questions which are bound to a particular period and time, but there are also timeless classics that are certain to stroll … More Growing in Assurance
The New Year’s resolution game can sometimes profit a person, but I don’t put much stock into it. I have found that people often need to be at a place of desperation before they are willing to change. There has to be the recognition that what is going on must not be allowed to continue. … More I Resolve to Pray
In our children’s Sunday school class, I have recently been teaching on the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 22-23), namely that these are not just external behaviors or tasks to accomplish. Instead, these are evidenced of the Holy Spirit within us that change the foundation of who we are. It is that of the … More Joy to the World
One of the foundational elements in our home is family worship. Now this idea is not new to us in any way. In fact, it was the common practice for many Christians for generations. Family worship does not involve the act of worshiping one’s family but of worshiping God with one’s family. This means that … More Read. Sing. Pray.
One of the regular practices in our church is to set apart a time each Lord’s Day to give thanks to God. Although I regularly compose my own prayers, I do love to utilize a broad spread of liturgical resources. One of my favorites is the English Book of Common Prayer. There we find a … More Still Thankful?
My son is named after one of my theological heroes: Jonathan Edwards. Now Edwards served God’s people as a pastor in New England in the early 1700s. Through his preaching and writing ministry, many individuals not only were converted to Christianity, but also were encouraged to pursue careers as pastors and missionaries. This time of … More Jonathan Edwards and Discipleship
Marriage. The God-given ordination of the union of one man and one woman for the rest of their lives till death do us part. That is already a rather controversial statement. But even for the Bible believing Christians who can agree on that, the purpose of marriage can be a little murky. What is the … More The Purpose of Marriage
Every Christian is called by God to love the truth. We are not simply called to love true things such as 2+2=4 or that the sun produces light, or that the grass is green because they exist as such. We are called to love the truth because every fact exists as God’s truth realized. When … More We Need the Truth