A Profound Rescue

In the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14) Jesus shares a truth about God searching for a sheep which was lost. Considering much of my life was crushed by mental and emotional problems, I used to wonder why God waited so long to restore and transform me. Why didn’t Jesus go after me like the parable pictured? I was lost, suffering tremendously. Did He abandon me and leave me all alone as I descended to ever greater degrees? At the time I needed Him most, where was He? Considering the restored life I enjoy now it is not something I dwell on, but it was such a long painful time, it did leave scars.

During a bible study at church, we had gone through the book A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller. What an eye opener about human behavior and God’s care for us the study was. It was then I realized my perspective was wrong. Jesus did go after this lost sheep. God has healed and restored me immensely compared to the defeat I knew, where I have become much stronger than …

Easy Confidence or Strength in Weakness?

Today I am looking at the subject of faith counter-intuitively, by asking probing questions about human weakness. Some of them are crucial questions, though we may all have different perspectives and vantage points.

It is said fear is the opposite of faith. This has the ring of truth. Fear is certainly a common human trait. One of the most often repeated phrases in the Bible is, "Do not be afraid." We can tend to see these as a rebuke rather than the encouragement intended.

Let us say we have someone who struggles with anxiety issues. Yet, in desperation they seek God’s face in the turmoil. Now let us say there is one who has few fears and is a relatively confident person. They are therefore unmoved by most things. If Scripture says God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) which person is exercising more faith? Two men are on a battlefield. One faces the ordeal with confidence, moving toward the enemy. Another is inwardly full of terror, yet in spite …

Nights Choked With Fear

If you struggle with anxiety, you know panic attacks can come at any time. They are difficult to cope with. They seem, during the moment, to be impervious to logic and encouragement. Anxiety disorders, panic, or emotional trauma appear to have a mind of their own. There are no light and easy answers to them.
Turmoil can build at the end of the day, especially when the future is a vulnerable unknown. The day’s trials and distractions are done. Evening draws to a close. A cloud descends and visits the heart with heavy pressure. Its clutch on us is palpably present and it does not want to let go.
Whether emotional trouble or a particular disorder, torments of fear have a way of coloring our view of the world. Whatever the actuality of circumstance, things seem changed. What is bad is terribly worse, what was fine is now horrible.
It is helpful to know God is not only the same yesterday, today, and forever (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). He is the same morning, noon, or in the deep of night…

The Power of the Universe

Much Repeated Phrase
One phrase we hear often today is “the power of the universe”. It is the declared hope of many, regarded as the energy behind what influences life. It is a new age influenced idea, a substitute for a personal God. Does it answer the deepest longings and needs we have? 
Our hearts long for transcendence, meaning, and hope over the pain of human circumstance. We yearn for significance. We want to know we matter. How transcendent is “the power of the universe”? How can a supposed energy give us any true meaning as individual personalities? Not only does this view have truth flaws, it is an inadequate answer.
The Universe
The universe is vast. It is beyond what we can comprehend. We can therefore say it is big, certainly bigger than us. Yet, the universe is only part of the vastness of space. Science tells us it is immense. What kind of power created this? A lesser thing cannot create something greater than itself. In addition, since we are personal creatures, with emotio…

Lessons from a Virus

COVID-19. Coronavirus is a new virus that has impacted the public psyche. It is certainly cause for public concern and containment measures. We should all be following them, for the public good. Sadly there are extremes in reaction. Some act as if entitled to not be inconvenienced by shut-downs. Others spread a shrill message feeding anxiety, which does not help matters.

Then there is the media-driven fear. News outlets will squeeze all they can out of an event. Concern and information is certainly valid. It must be addressed and taken seriously for the good of everyone. Panic is another thing altogether, however.

Beyond these issues, there is a deeper question. We seem to have forgotten we are mortal and life is full of dangerous things. That is the problem, though. We thought we could contain life within the parameters of human ability. The virus has taught us, even with all our knowledge and technology, we can not do so. It has become an important reminder, interrupting the casual…

God's Care for Us

Jeff Green, writer of the blog Living in the Light  of Grace, shares inspiration for your day in this  short video.  Crying out to God in our need is explored.  Experiencing hope in trials and turmoil.

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Troubled Hearts in Need of Peace

Life is Complicated
We live in a world full of turmoil. Enmity is the rule of the day, opposition and division drives public discourse. On a personal level, trials of various degree are just around the corner. Many suffer from emotional or mental trauma. A sense of peace is elusive, especially if we rely on short-term happiness bound to our up and down circumstances. How can we have hearts at rest, regardless of what we face? Is there something we can trust in life?

In Isaiah 26:3 we read: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (KJV)

The level of peace here is beyond the absence of its opposite. Contrary to our modern definition of the word perfect, where we would assume having no problems or difficulties, it conveys a sense of completeness. To seek never having troubles is impossible, while completeness transcends hardship.

When it comes to trust, the amount we give or rest on is only as good as the object it is in. Practi…