Child of God

What does your name say about you? In Bible times, a name held great significance. There were instances where people were named after great events in world history or personal history (Peleg, in 1 Chronicles 1:19, Ichabod, in 1 Samuel 4:21). Names were also given to describe characteristics (Jacob/usurper, Esau/hairy, and Edom/red in Genesis 25)….

Two-Hundred and Thirty-Eight

“Two-Hundred and Thirty-Eight,” the title of this post, is not the number of times I have lost something, nor is it my family’s ages combined. It is not what I had to pay for my first speeding ticket, nor is it the number of days I have gone without doing something. It just so happens…

What Makes You so Special?

But now, thus says Yahweh, Who created you, Jacob, and He Who formed you, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are Mine. “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk…

Did He Know?

There is dust in the air. The room reverberates with a continual banging sound, which only stops for a few minutes at a time. Eventually, the dust settles and the room grows silent. A newly assembled table stands in the center of the room. There are still finishing touches to be done, but all of…

A House Divided

I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet not I, but Christ lives in me, and the life I live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 Today, the Church seems so divided, and they have brought the…

The Path of a King

The Song of Aragorn All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was…

Where is the Salt?

In the break room where I work, there never seems to be any salt. The one time I really needed salt, I found three solitary pepper shakers, and one salt shaker with a couple grains of salt left. When food is unsavory, salt can make it so much better. But if there is no salt…

Is God Always Good?

Dear Abba, is it true that You are always good? I don’t have to look far to find someone in pain, struggling, hurting, scarred, and/or broken; and that is just within Your Church. If You are always good, why are there so many unhealed hurts within the Church, some of which were caused by members…

Nothing but the Blood

I will go to church on Sunday, because it is the Christian thing to do. And, since I want to grow as a Christian, I will not miss a single prayer meeting or Bible study. After all, I have to look like a Christian all the time and do all the things that a good…

A Nutshell Broken by Grace

Broken, imperfect, unholy, scarred, Sinful, selfish, impatient, untrusting, Closed off, unloving, cold, distant, Proud, rebellious, foolish… Fallen. In a nutshell, that list describes my flesh; the parts of me that held me in chains and would have pulled me down to hell… But thanks be to God that grace has broken the chains of sin…