Surviving the Holidays with Infertility

The holidays. For almost five years, the day before Thanksgiving - as I baked multiple pies for our huge annual family gathering - marked the beginning of my least favorite time of year. When you are infertile, and the one thing you want most in the world - but God isn't giving to you - is a child, the holidays are incredibly difficult. No one seems to want to acknowledge … [Read more...]

Breaking the Image

I'm reading through a chronological study Bible. It's the second time in my life I've undertaken to read the whole Bible. I'm struck by different events and things that aren't talked about much, even sometimes having forgotten those things happened. One such event is in 1 Samuel 5: The Philistines and the Ark. Israel and the Philistines had a fight and the Philistines had … [Read more...]

Dear Christian Voter

Dear Christian Voter, I was saddened to see that someone recently questioned your love for Jesus because of the way you're voting in the upcoming election. That ought not be so. I hereby affirm you as my brother or sister in Christ by virtue of your faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, not by virtue of the ballot you will cast in any … [Read more...]

Stand Firm :: A Review of War Room

A Review of War Room the Movie Last week, I watched the movie War Room with our small group at church. I had read beaming reviews and I had also read warnings about it promoting contemplative prayer. So I decided to guardedly watch it. I braced myself for viewing an hour of Priscilla Shirer sitting in a closet meditating and chanting. The story line was more involved. However, … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Say About Compassion?

The Bible has a lot to say about compassion, and it's more than just a feeling. Notice how action is always the expected response to feeling compassion.

  No matter where we look in the world today, we can find needs begging for attention. The same was true in Jesus' day. Throughout the gospels, we're told that Jesus recognized the needs around Him and "felt compassion." And every time, His compassion caused Him to act. When you notice needs around you, do you feel compassion? Does your compassion compel you … [Read more...]