It is human to want to retaliate when we are hurt. For some of us who do not wish to avenge ourselves, we deal with an emotional tug-of-war where we silently (or not so silently) wish for God to discipline our enemies with His judgment on their lives. We think to ourselves: Isn’t God a […]
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”—Luke 15:10 I remember one morning reading my Bible and asking God why the angels rejoiced in Heaven when one sinner repented. What was the reason for this—why the Heavenly fuss–I wondered, when […]
Many times, we think of God’s love for us as dependent on our behavior. We make a mistake, or we sin, and the thought comes to us: God probably does not want to love us right now. He might, but maybe not that much. This is deadly thinking. The Bible says that God’s love for […]
All humans desperately crave it and even need it to survive. And what is it? Purpose. The reason we get up in the morning. The thing that keeps us running. It is our reason to live and to be. We all have one. For some it may be a career we have dreamed about since […]
Oh, if we could all be this way. Unselective Love. No prerequisites. No standard to meet. No dress code. Nothing. Just pure, unbiased, love. Unselective love doesn’t reject people based on first appearances. It doesn’t reject people even after they know them good & well. It holds on. It perseveres. It welcomes people in & […]
F. Buechner, ““If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, … we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. […]
I believe the Lord takes passionate delight when His grace is allowed to rest on His children through their weaknesses and struggles and discipline. God is near to us in the midst of “thorns” and hardships in our lives.
So, Jesus is tempted. What I want to look at is how, as Christians, are we supposed to “resist the devil” as James talks about? How do we ward off Satan when he is tempting us? Let’s look at what Jesus did.
Mark 1:32-35 “32 That evening at sundown they brought to him all who were sick or oppressed by demons. 33 And the whole city was gathered together at the door. 34 And he healed many who were sick…35 And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out […]
Growing up in the church I always knew God as strength and power and someone who always saves the day–similar to how I view my own father. It wasn’t until a few years ago though, that I really started to contemplate God as playing the role of a Mother as well. To set things straight, […]