Tag: identity

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.17.2020

Encountering the stars, I learn of God’s power and strength which helps me to know that His understanding is deeper than I can comprehend. He surely sees my troubles! He knows what I experience! But what is He doing about it? What response does He have? 28Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.16.2020

Monday evening I went outside to look at the stars. I chose the front yard because there are fewer lights there than in the back. Opening the door, I snapped off the porch light and was immediately surrounded by deep darkness. So dark, in fact, that I couldn’t see the sidewalk. I did not let …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.15.2020

What did you learn by noticing the stars? Were you able to calculate how many there are, even counting them? Naming them? Yeah — me neither. But the immensity of the galaxies is certainly amazing, isn’t it? In Isaiah 40, God invites the reader to consider the stars. Then he asks two questions: 27O Jacob, …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.14.2020

As I sit here with my computer opened before me, I wonder what to write. I wonder if others are experiencing the same feelings that plague me. I wonder if I should expose my inner thoughts. I wonder how to make a difference in the lives of my readers. And then my mind starts to …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.11.2020

The center book of the Bible is Psalm 118. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter of the Bible and Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible. There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118 and 594 chapters after. If you add those together, you get 1188. Psalm 118:8 could be said to be the …

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 09.04.2020

I am finishing this week with an invitation. An invitation to come clean. It’s okay to not be fine. No longer do I need to say “I’m fine!” It’s okay to say, “I need help.” This song spoke so deeply to me this week and I think it will speak to you as well. Here’s …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.03.2020

The Greek word translated sin means to “miss the mark.” As in archery, there is a target and the best shot is right in the center of that target. To sin simply means I missed the target. The Greek word translated confess means to “say the same thing as.” It is agreeing with what God …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.02.2020

21This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.01.2020

22A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength. Proverbs 17:22 17The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God. Psalm 51:17 As these scriptures point out, there are two kinds of broken spirits. One is helpful; one is not. …