Which would you rather have — someone who stole your heart or someone who won your heart? Of course, we are smitten with the romantic notion of someone sweeping us off our feet, of stealing our hearts away, of making us swoon uncontrollably. But isn’t that a bit unrealistic, careless, irresponsible and indecisive? A smarter option would be to have …Read More »
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Finding Joy In Your Singleness
“Why am I still single?” You suppress an eye roll at the good intentions of the ever-questioning, curious onlookers. “You’re such a catch!” they say. “Why hasn’t anyone snatched you up?” they ask. “That’s what I’d like to know!” you want to scream. Instead you just smile and shrug, and, once again, take your weary heart before God, asking, “What’s …Read More »
What Does It Mean To Have Freedom In Christ?
Jesus came to us as a tiny baby in a manger, concealing an extraordinary purpose: to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth and restore mankind to the Father. Matthew 13 is jam-packed with stories of Jesus telling parables of what this Kingdom is like. In verses 44-46, He says, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a …Read More »
When And Why Should Christians Set Boundaries? – Part 2
We previously looked at scriptural support for boundaries as well as the ultimate goal of reconciliation. Also, we defined what boundaries are and reviewed some reasons that may warrant them. Now let’s continue by answering “who” may require boundaries and “when” boundaries may be considered. WHO – INDENTIFYING THE BOUNDARY TARGET Would boundaries be appropriate for everyone during my personal quiet time? Should …Read More »
When And Why Should Christians Set Boundaries?
The word “boundary” immediately sounds restrictive and unfriendly. So why would Christians entertain such a cold possibility? Although boundaries are sometimes necessary, I suspect they are frequently and easily substituted for conflict resolution. On one hand, we need to restrict unsafe or undesirable elements from our lives. On the other, we may impose boundaries instead of addressing and resolving issues. …Read More »
When You Believe In The Impossible Despite What You See
There is a desire in your heart. It’s been there for a while. Too long, if you’re honest. It’s a hope for a godly marriage, a yearning to belong somewhere or a passion for God to use you in a unique way. God has promised the impossible, but you’ve grown weary in the waiting. You are ever questioning life’s little …Read More »
Is Your Insecurity Like A Tiny Barking Dog?
How does your insecurity express itself? When I’m walking my 150-pound English mastiff through the neighborhood, she struts her stuff. Her tawny fur shines in the gentle breeze. Her giant feet plod along as her massive girth takes up most of the sidewalk. She’s big and beautiful, and she knows it. The smaller dogs in the area know it, too. …Read More »
Are We Becoming Comfortable With Compromise?
In Matthew 12:35-47, Jesus encouraged living in a state of watchfulness for His return. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. A wise follower of Jesus will live his or her life in such a manner that at no time will the Lord’s return catch them in an embarrassing, compromising or even …Read More »
C’mon People, Get Your Clothes On!
To give them … the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered …Read More »
When Your Trials Are Designed By God
One of the saddest and yet most amazing stories in the Bible is found in Exodus 1. It began with Pharaoh’s all-out assault on Israel and ended with freedom for a nation. The Israelites, then slaves of the Egyptians, were multiplying very rapidly and therefore feared by their captors. In Exodus 1:22, Pharaoh enacted a cruel form of population control …Read More »