Several months ago, our nephew lost a long battle with depression and addiction at the young age of 32. It is not something I could imagine being able to survive, but my sister-in-law bravely took to the podium to talk about his life and referred to this piece by Linda Ellis. She spoke of the dash between his dates of birth and death and told us the story of his life in a moving and beautiful way. He was not to be remembered by how he died but the dash he lived between the two dates.
The death of a loved one is always a shock to our system regardless of whether it is expected or not, whether they are young or old. Whether the person lived a full and happy life or it was cut too short, we are sad. And it lingers. But it also can serve as a wake-up…
Sometimes, what you need in the face of trying times and disappointments is to know your God and to carefully remember that He is indeed the source of your strength. Many have their strength in themselves, in the people that surround them and others in the things and the positions they have acquired in life. But what happens when you fail yourself, what happens when the people around you fail you, or what if the positions and things you have acquired fail you? Continue reading “The Lord My Strength”→
I have a friend who loves cartoons. One day, for an exhortation at church, he read from Deuteronomy 7:21. “Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.” And he began to describe a fearsome character, what he thought God would look like in a cartoon as a mighty terrible One. He would probably have legs that could crush Mount Everest to powder, hands that could turn the earth inside out, breath that would make a tornado and other powers that I cannot even begin to name. Continue reading “The Mighty Terrible One”→
A lot of us Christians believe the wilderness is that part of your walk with God where your faith gets seriously tested. Judging from the story of the Children of Israel, it is not funny in any way. Then comes Jesus also, spending forty days in the wilderness, gets tempted, overcomes and launches into His Ministry. Continue reading “The Wilderness”→
Most people are literally scared of this question…..
This question for me usually unlocks a flurry of confusing thoughts in my head. Who am I? What do I say? What can I say? Does he really want to know me? Is this a trick question? Continue reading “May I Know You?”→
Nobody ever succeeds at being humble by saying to himself “be humble!” That exclamation lacks the capacity to solve a problem that is as hydra-headed as an age-long tree whose roots have gone deep into the earth. One does not wave a magic wand and voila, he is humble. True humility requires understanding.
If human beings are high-level computers, then pride is a system error – one that has to be debugged correctly. Proverbs 13:10 says, “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” Being well-advised is the purpose of this book. I believe the best gift to offer is the right word of advice, and not criticism. Continue reading “Excerpt from “Pride”………..Author’s note”→