Part 2 | In an introduction to the song I Can Only Imagine, Wynonna Judd shared advice that her mother, Naomi, gave her… “Let them see your brokenness. Let them see the cracks in your armor—that’s how the light gets out!” As a believer, we are instructed to put on armor in Ephesians 6 but how novel to think that the manifestation of the light of God would flow through cracks in that armor!
Part 1 | My book club recently read a mystery entitled Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. The story revolves around two brothers growing up in Minnesota who prematurely cross the threshold into young manhood because of heartbreaking events during the summer of 1961.
Part 2 | A wise person understands that wisdom must be pursued, and the best source is always God’s Word (see Proverbs 2:1-5). Psalm 119:24 says, Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors. Scripture is the plum line to which all other perspectives are compared and found to be truthful and right—or false and wrong.
Part 1 | Recently unsavory revelations have come to light about a pastor in our community. This individual was trusted and now many are broken-hearted at what has been revealed. How does this type of thing happen? How did this individual get so far off track?
Recently I heard Alistair Begg, the senior pastor of Cleveland’s Parkside Church, teach from the book of Philemon. He landed on verse 17 and my heart was suddenly warmed by his words—a familiar experience when the Holy Spirit wants to get my attention.
Our entire culture has become dull. Dullness is the absence of the light of our souls. Look around. We have lost the sparkle in our eyes, the passion in our marriages, the meaning in our work, the joy of our faith. – Mike Yaconelli*
When does fear show up for you? Does it appear when you are faced with a daunting challenge? When you feel your safety is compromised? When you are left alone to deal with your problems? When you are shaken up by a bad dream?
I have been attending a church where we sing hymns—all the verses—every Sunday. Singing hymns has reminded me that praising Jesus has been a part of the heritage of the church since its inception. Have you ever wondered what public worship was like in the first century? In 1 Timothy 3:16, we get an accurate peek. Paul quotes the words of a well-known first century hymn.
When Darryl and I were first married we owned a Volkswagen bug. The next summer we decided to drive back to Iowa to visit my family. On the open road we discovered our cute bug did not have enough power to overtake other cars. We had to wait patiently for a downgrade to pass!
There are plenty of plot twists in life and this verse addresses a particularly painful one—the presence of enemies! The Bible does not flinch about the possibility that we can make enemies who are grimly determined to threaten us—make our lives miserable—and even want to end us! But, wonder of wonders, even in this dark circumstance, our Good Shepherd is preparing an even brighter hope.