“I will break the yoke of bondage from your neck and tear off the chains…” Nahum 1:13 Say what? This verse from the old testament prophet spoke of the ancient oppression of the Assyrians. The Lord promised his people that their freedom would come from his hand. So what does that have to do … More Are You in Chains?
What if you’re influenced daily by the internal voices you hear? We’ve all seen cartoons depicting a character torn between the voice of an angel on one shoulder and a pitchfork devil on the other telling him the right or wrong way to handle something. While the visual may be a comical representation of good … More Who Are We Listening To?
Every day we make mistakes. We say and do things we know are wrong, hurtful or leading us in a direction away from where we want to end up. And every day we can decide to change our trajectory. How do we do that? In the Bible, Luke 3:8 tells us to “produce fruit in … More How Do I Know if I’m Fruitful?
Last week we began looking at the story of the woman at the well in Samaria… Jesus entered an unexpected, undesirable place. He was tired from his journey and sat down by Jacob’s well. The place was deserted, as the disciples went off in search of something to eat. I don’t believe this is coincidental. … More Our Past Does Not Disqualify Us
Have you ever asked yourself that question? I don’t mean in a skeptical, it-won’t-do-anything kind of way. What I’m talking about is that deep searching of what prayer means. It’s not like God needs us to tell him what’s going on in our lives. He knows everything. And he knows what we need, so do … More Why Pray?
I hate myself. How many times have I thought this, whispered it or screamed the words at myself? Too many to count. I imagine you’ve done the same. Quick to believe the worst, we punish ourselves, by rehearsing our sins, bad choices or the lies we’ve believed over and over. Don’t we? And so we … More How Can I Ever Forgive Myself?
God forgives us. Now, He asks us to forgive others. But you don’t know what they’ve done!” Acted foolishly? Lashed out because they are in pain? Stubbornly chosen their own way? Haven’t I done the same? God reveals to us what we have done that needs repentance and forgiveness, and lavishes love and grace … More How Do I Forgive?? – Part 2
Last week we looked at repentance and forgiveness. I shared how God showed me every detail of things I had done that needed His forgiveness which led me to godly sorrow. And how God has already forgiven us so all we need to do is acknowledge our need. But what about me forgiving? I’ve found … More How Do I Forgive??
Whether we are trapped in addiction or in a relationship with someone who is, God can shed light on the places of darkness and has a plan to rescue us from disaster. It is His delight to do so. His rescue comes through forgiveness. Jesus offers it to us. He asks us to extend it … More What is Forgiveness?
Author, Sherry Kyle, has written a delightful novel that weaves a thread of forgiveness and redemption throughout the lives of four very real and loveable characters. “When the alcoholic father of Jessica MacAllister’s son reappers in their lives, Jessica and her son go to her Uncle George for advice and refuge. Following a year of grief, … More Ready for an Enjoyable Read?