The Triumph of the Wicked? Thoughts on Psalm 73

“Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. … Continue reading The Triumph of the Wicked? Thoughts on Psalm 73

The Blessing of Forgiveness

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com “Be gracious to me, God, according to your faithful love; according to your abundant compassion, blot out my rebellion.” - Psalm 51:1 (CSB) When you think of the sweetest, most precious word in the English language, what word comes to your mind? That’s likely not an easy question for you … Continue reading The Blessing of Forgiveness

Dealing with Rejection: Luke 8:40

“When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him.” -Luke 8:40 (CSB) Rejection. Such a dark word and such a painful experience. Rejection can make us feel ugly, unwanted, unappreciated, and alone. And yet, in spite of the loneliness which often accompanies it, rejection is an experience almost universal to humanity. … Continue reading Dealing with Rejection: Luke 8:40

The Extraordinary Ordinary: Thoughts on Luke 5:1-11

The Lord has an astounding ability to turn every day, ordinary circumstances into extraordinary moments. We expect God to work mightily in the unique, special, and critical moments of life – weddings, funerals, births, graduation ceremonies, illnesses, family crises (and sometimes combinations of these) just to name a few. However, it sometimes feels hard to … Continue reading The Extraordinary Ordinary: Thoughts on Luke 5:1-11

Facing the Unknown: Thoughts on a New Year

As I write this, I have been reflecting on 2017 and the many things that have taken place in my life, the life of my family and my church, and others around me during the past year. The past year contained many blessings, as well as many challenges. As we shortly turn the page and … Continue reading Facing the Unknown: Thoughts on a New Year