Who is God, and what can we expect of him in times of crisis? Our answer depends on how we answer these three questions: Is He there? Is He good? Is He trustworthy? This is especially true when our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears, and nothing turns out the way we … [Read more...] about When God Isn’t Who You Think He Is
It Isn't Fair I remember after a particularly painful experience in my life, I began to feel like God had forgotten me. I couldn’t seem to understand why God would allow something so painful in my life, when I was consistently serving him, and trying to live the “right” way. It … [Read more...] about Stop Defending God
I said something that I wish I hadn’t. The words were out before I had processed. It was one of those times when I replay the comments over and over in my head while shaking my head and cringing simultaneously. I hoped it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I hoped that when I got … [Read more...] about The Difference A Little Encouragement Makes
Few of us have escaped the wretched experience of being emotionally sucker-punched, wronged, or betrayed. We didn't see it coming. This wasn't supposed to happen! Our belief that life is fair and predictable is shattered. To add insult to injury, we are often cajoled to get … [Read more...] about Why Is Forgiveness So Hard?
Remember the day of your wedding? You were full of joy, of love, of expectations, enthusiasm, and anticipation. For many of us, it is a spiritual experience. A “high” that we want to continue to live out on a daily basis. But life seems to take over. It sucks the passion … [Read more...] about How a Daily “Take Ten” With God Improves Your Marriage
Prayer in church is common. When I was on staff every Tuesday we would pass around all of the prayer requests gathered from church members on Sunday. It was our time to pray for our congregation and to specifically lift up their thankfulness for God’s work in their life, their … [Read more...] about Persistent Prayers: Are You Living a Steadfast Life of Faith?