Once When Emmanuel Came

Once when darkness hovered deepThe Godhead planned our souls to keep True Light shone bright and did not sleep Until all that exists He created Once when He promised Abraham Then provided the sacrificial ram To foreshadow the coming atonement Lamb God prospered his many kindred Once His kingdom under David rose Then later evil…

Anchored Printable: Isaiah 9:6

Christmas season is upon us! This time can be filled with parties, presents, and people. It can also be a time of deep mourning and longing for what’s to come. As Christmas day approaches, let this verse linger on your heart and bring you joy, whatever stage of life you may be in right now….

Book Review: Journey, A Path to Biblical Change

We all have places in our lives where we feel the need for change. But we don’t always know how we move from knowledge of our need to actual change. We begin to feel stuck and are tempted to believe we are simply stuck this way.  As believers, we know that Christ has made an…

Understanding Wisdom

Wisdom has always sounded like a grown-up word.  I can remember hearing stories of Winnie the Pooh and the “Wise Old Owl” being the center of knowledge and direction for A.A. Milne’s lively creatures in the Hundred Acre Wood.  I can also remember sitting in Sunday School class as the flannel graph images of King…

Get Wisdom, Get Insight, Shine Brightly

 “Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2 I sat back in silence and looked up from my screen.  My mind was a mess of turmoil; thinking, counter-arguing, crying, and pleading for the sake of what’s good and right.  Tears of anguish filled my eyes and I closed them…

Wisdom and Might

 “To God belong wisdom and power; counsel and understanding are his. What he tears down cannot be rebuilt; those he imprisons cannot be released.” Job 12:13–14 NIV. If you lack skills or great knowledgeAnd ponder ivy league collegeThough there you could gain frail insightTo God belong wisdom and might If peace evades your tortured soulMake haste and do not…

Being Still When Doubt Taunts

Shame over our past, shame over our failures, shame over our status in society, shame over the lack of fruit in our lives: all of this shame can drive us farther away from God if we let it hide who we were or are. We cannot allow lies about ourselves to plant seeds of doubt…

3 Pitfalls of Doubt for the Religious

Some people wear their scars on the outside. Life circumstances make it obvious that there is a need for wholeness and healing. We love to see God’s grace and mercy transform regular humans into what 2 Corinthians calls a “new creation.” The addict turned counselor. The depressed turned joyful. The wanderer who finds the way…

Battling Doubt

The last couple of years have not been easy ones. Closed doors academically and vocationally have dreams seemingly crushed dreams and left me questioning whether I really knew how to hear from God. Which grew into questioning if I really knew how to follow Jesus. This past year especially has left me wrestling with my…

Actions Against Doubt

 Self-doubt afflicts me. Inevitably, this invites God-doubt to walk with it. I plod along with both, caught between these unnerving companions. I wish they’d go away, or at least be quiet. They weary me, often grinding me to a halt as we argue about the way forward. And that’s the evil one’s goal: Stop her…