Tag: hopeless

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.30.2020

Yesterday, November 29, was the first Sunday of the Christian Advent season. The word advent is the English translation of the Latin word for coming. Old Testament prophecies pointed to the first coming of Jesus as a baby; today Christians celebrate his birth and anticipate his return during the days of Advent. Every day this …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 11.16.2020

Last week I invited you to reset your mind by reciting/reading Psalm 23 five times throughout the day for seven days. Did anyone try it? How did it change your outlook? I did pause throughout my day to focus on the psalm. I didn’t count how often nor did I pause at regular intervals. I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.29.2020

17Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. 18They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. 19“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. 21Let them …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.23.2020

David used his despair as a platform to draw others to faith in God. Others have done the same. One example in particular is Horatio Spafford, who penned the lyrics to “It is Well With my Soul.” Very few know the kind of tragedy this man and his wife experienced, and yet it produced the …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.19.2020

The current sermon series at our church is entitled Going Deeper: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality! The challenge to take care of my own stuff in order to enjoy life and all it brings is ever before me. This week we faced the challenge of hard things. Life is full of hard things. That’s the way Jesus …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.05.2020

A common malady of humankind is living from a false sense of self, not having an identity grounded in truth. Our identity is not our uniqueness. Identity is the foundation on which we build our uniqueness. Jesus said we are loved, chosen, called his friends and appointed for a purpose. Paul, in his letter to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.01.2020

10When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!  John 15:10-11 These verses play on repeat in my mind. I am what I …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.10.2020

When I read scripture, I remind myself that most of scripture (a few chapters in the Old Testament address nations that oppressed Israel) was written to people who professed to follow God and live in obedience to his commands. The Old Testament is the theological history of the nation of Israel and the promise of …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.07.2020

Friday I sent a message to my five most trusted friends that said: “I am not okay. Depression is knocking at the door, standing on the porch waiting for me to invite it in. I spend time with Jesus, I rehearse truth. But this is lonely and I need someone to know. I need to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 08.11.2020

God’s will. What is God’s will for my life? Should I do this? Or that? Who hasn’t asked those questions before? It seems like handwriting on the wall or, at the very least, an e-mail would be most appreciated at the difficult junctures of life. It is my belief that “God’s will” isn’t as restrictive …