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OUT OF THE CHAOS 09.28.2020

Richard Foster, in his book “Celebration of Discipline”, writes this: “Superficiality is the curse of our age. The doctrine of instant satisfaction is a primary spiritual problem. The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people.” Foster, Richard, “Celebration of Discipline,” p. 1. Two …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.29.2020

Wisdom from the Lord… This is what the Lord says: Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.28.2020

Monday morning I sat down to read for a bit and turned to the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament. Looking for a particular passage, I came across a verse I underlined in chapter 7. Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm. Isaiah 7:9 Immediately, I recalled a ballet audition …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.24.2020

March 23, 2016, I had two dreams. The quality of the dreams was different than any other dream I have ever experienced. I awoke confident that God sees me and understands my situation. Comforted by the dreams, I courageously walked into an unknown future. In Judges 7, Gideon is asked to take a stand against …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.23.2020

“Have I ever told you the dream I have for my life? The thing I really want to do?” my friend asked me. “No. I don’t believe you have!” I responded. “Someday, I want to be a haven for children, ” she said. “It looks like that might be a reality by next summer.” And …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.22.2020

In my lifetime, I have lived in five houses. The first was my childhood home. My father lived there with his family from the time he was a young boy until he moved to his forever home at the age of 79. After I married in 1985, we bought a small house and lived there …

OUT OF THE CHAOS – 07.21.2020

Monday my daughter and I walked together. During our walk, she shared a dream with me she had the previous night. Disturbing to her, she wondered what she ought to do with it. Was it a warning? Should she call the people involved in the dream? Did it mean nothing? A dream comes when there …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.16.2020

Jesus exemplified outrageous grace and mercy. While there are many illustrations of this quality, I am often drawn to the woman caught in the act of adultery. I have so many questions about this situation. According to the law, she and her partner should have been stoned. But where was he? Why was she only …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.15.2020

Years ago my neighbor’s son passed away. For too many years, the son turned to alcohol as a solace, essentially ruining his body. Finally, it just gave out. It sounds sad, and of course it was, except that along this route, the man said yes to Jesus and died at peace. My neighbor rejoiced that …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 07.11.2020

Jesus went into the synagogue again and noticed a man with a deformed {right} hand. Since it was the Sabbath, Jesus’ enemies watched him closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.”  …