An Open Prayer

Dear Abba, You light up my night sky; giving me reason to live. When my heart is heavy, You meet me in my brokenness. My weariness melts away in the light of Your presence, And before Your throne, my joy is renewed. Never am I outside Your reach or sphere of love, Even though I…

Above Everything Else

Last week, I co-directed a girl’s grade school camp. A lot of things are running through my mind about last week: late nights, good teaching moments, and rewarding glimpses of listening ears. But I wasn’t just directing and teaching, I was also learning. For one of the messages, I loaned a bottle of perfume to…

The End of Women’s Athletics

I like to throw the discus. I am not an Olympian, nor am I an aspiring one. However, against all odds, I did compete at the collegiate level. I was not a national champion, but I did get 8th place at a national track meet. It may not seem like much, but I know that…

Will You Marry Me?

He takes you on a romantic stroll through the park, and, at the center, a hot air balloon is waiting. Once you are just above the city, looking over the lights, he gets down on one knee and asks you that big question that you’ve been waiting all your life to hear; “Will you marry…

Do You See Me?

Our sorrows are many, our days, few, but for those who trust in the Lord, their days of sorrow will be swallowed up in victory; they will trade darkness for light; death for life. He has swallowed up death forever! The Lord Yahweh will wipe away tears from off all faces. He will take the…

The Prodigal Son Returns

Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong. Don’t be afraid. Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution. He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame man will leap like a deer, and…

Only Hope

Hope, it is a precious and fragile thing. There are times when it can be torn in sunder when we lose something, or someone, dear to us. But hope that can be broken, even by the fiercest of storms, is that hope or is it fear? Fear makes us cling to this world and its…

Run the Race of Faith

… Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body more than clothing? Behold, the fowls of the air; they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into…

But for the Grace of God

Over the past few years, I have seen more stories of kids being killed and abused than I ever remember seeing in the past. With every headline, my heart hurts. I don’t understand how people could be so cruel, so evil, and so without feeling or moral judgment. In my confusion, I am ashamed to…

YAHWEH Is There

The city shall be 18,000 cubits round about: and the name of the city from that day shall be, “YAHWEH Is There.” (Ezekiel 48:35) YAHWEH Is There. The LORD Is There. What if we lived in a city or a country like that, with such a wondrous and powerful name? What if our churches were…