Facing Life with a Heart of Wisdom

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

At the heart of living our days here with wisdom, endurance, and hope is keeping a sound perspective on this life with respect to eternity. Surely our days are fleeting, but this does not mean that they are frivolous or meaningless; in fact, it means quite the opposite. This means that everything we do has profound meaning and eternal significance, but it also means that it is all temporal and fading, whether we face pain and suffering that we fear being crushed by, or seasons of success that tempt to swell us with pride. It all ends, but how we face it matters.

Grace and peace,


The Metaphor of the Changing Seasons

Every fall, the leaves change colors, and I swoon. There’s something about the breathtakingly bright reds, yellows, and oranges illuminated in the glow of an autumn afternoon that makes my soul sing and fall on its knees before the work of such a beautiful creator.  Continue Reading →

The Power of Our Testimony

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has done down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.”    

Revelations 12:10-12

Disclaimer: I am no Revelations expert! I have not studied this cryptic book in depth and I am very much mystified by its visions and prophecies. But I think this key passage is a strikingly clear and important message with some direct and unmistakable implications that are crucial for the way we live our lives today as Christians in an unsaved world. Continue Reading →

You Need Me & I Need You

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.”             Proverbs 18:1

A couple of years ago I stumbled across this verse while reading. Initially I sort of glazed over it, but then the stark, simple truth of it festered within me and I couldn’t get this proverb out of my mind. Basically, the take home point is this: Continue Reading →

God Works for Us

The simple assertion in today’s title may make you feel a bit uneasy. In fact, if you’re like me, you may be inclined to be upset, to want to feel that this assertion is a blasphemous one, as if I’m insinuating that God exists for man’s purpose rather than man existing for God’s purposes. This is certainly not what I’m trying to insinuate here. Rather, for the past several months, I’ve come to a new impasse in my struggle to really wrap my mind around the unconditional love and grace of God. Continue Reading →

You are not forgotten

“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”                                5-15-15 blog you are not forgotten

Do you ever feel like Zion here? Wallowing in your doubt and self-pity, crying out to God, “Where are you?! Have you forgotten me? Why have you abandoned me?” Continue Reading →

No Good Thing Has Been Withheld!

I remember a time in my life, about a year and a half ago, when nothing seemed to work out for me. In fact that’s an understatement; it felt as though God was plucking from me one by one everything I had previously possessed that seemed to give me any sort of comfort, worth, sense of security, happiness, or hope. My world was being uprooted and flipped on its head. A very important relationship ended and I grieved deeply for what seemed like an endless amount of time, teetering on the verge of depression. I was living further from home than I ever had before, totally out of my comfort zone and away from the friends and believers that had been my community in past hardships. My most valued possessions were stolen while I was far from home, and I was left literally without clothes to wear in this new environment. My future was totally unstable and I had no sense of direction, job prospect, or even a place to live when I returned. I felt like the Israelites in the desert moaning that God had led them out of Egypt to die in the wilderness, or like Christ when he cried out to God that he had forsaken him. One by one, everything I cared about or gave me security and value seemed to be withdrawn from me, and I was left feeling totally hopeless, desperate, out of control, and most disturbingly, questioned if God was even good. Continue Reading →

A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

I confess, I am on an Isaiah kick! I find it so amazing the prophecies that were put on Isaiah’s lips concerning the future hope of salvation for God’s people that are later revealed in the life of Christ. I love that, though a pretty ugly picture is painted of Israel in their unfaithfulness and idolatry, God’s love for his people and his plans for their salvation is reaffirmed. Yesterday morning I was reading Isiah 42 and found myself floored with the gentle and humble picture of Jesus that was portrayed in the opening of the chapter. Continue Reading →

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