“I’ve got stage four, incurable cancer,” someone told me the other week at church. I didn’t know what to say. I could see the pain and fear in his eyes, although he expressed a very positive attitude overall.
It seems as of late there are many suffering or going through difficult situations: cancer, a broken marriage, depression, you name it. Life can wear us down, can’t it? Just when you think we’ve got this thing called life figured out, a curve ball is thrown. Uncertainty. Fear. Disease. These things are all a reality. [click to continue…]
If you live in the northern hemisphere, you know the realities of long winters. When I moved from the East Coast to the Midwest years ago, I was shocked at how much colder it is up here.
Around the time of February, I am so ready for winter to end. [click to continue…]
Intentionality (noun) – an expression of intentions; something done with purpose or aim.
As we’ve entered a New Year, many of us have jotted down some resolutions or goals we’d like to accomplish this year. Of course, this is a good thing. However, as many of us know all too well, good intentions are not enough. [click to continue…]
As Christmas approaches, things can seem very hectic and stressful. There’s so much to do and plan and eat (my favorite part). But let us not forget that the message of Christmas is a message of radical trust in the midst of great darkness and uncertainty. When the Jewish people had all but given up hope because of Rome’s oppressiveness, an angel appeared to Mary and her fiance, Joseph, announcing the birth of the Messiah. At that moment, they were forced to believe in the impossible. They were forced to put their trust in God and His Word, come what may. And they did… [click to continue…]
Lately, I have been studying 1 Corinthians 13 – Paul’s famous passage on love – for a sermon series I am doing.
It has been an immensely rich experience for me personally.
As I came to the end of the passage, I was struck by Paul’s metaphor of a mirror, which says:
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12)
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