Tag: worry

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 10.22.2020

Every day I hear of more despair, hardship and loss. In order to successfully navigate it, transformed rather than crushed, we need an example to follow. In Psalm 22, David unknowingly gives us just what we need. He acknowledges his despair with honest expression of feeling abandoned by God. He freely asks where God is …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.21.2020

Loss. The topic for this week because it is everywhere. It isn’t just death, the loss of a loved one, but the hard things that visit us out of nowhere. Job changes, health crisis, family difficulty, unmet dreams … the challenges of life. Looking to the psalms and David’s writing in particular, we learn how …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.20.2020

I haven’t always grieved well. I don’t like sadness, loss, despair. Of course, it’s expected to grieve when someone dies, but what about when dreams die, goals go unmet, stages of life change, jobs disappear, hope wavers. Can I sit with the sadness then and truly grieve the loss? I am learning; learning to sit …

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 10.16.2020

Contronym — a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. The fifth: buckle (v) Buckle: to fasten or secure with a buckle Buckle: to bend, warp, collapse under pressure 5Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 6He alone is my rock and …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.15.2020

Contronym – a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of the other. The third: screen (v) Screen: to protect of conceal Screen: to show or broadcast 20After the flood, Noah began to cultivate the ground, and he planted a vineyard. 21One day he drank some wine he had made, and he became …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.14.2020

Contronym — a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. The second: overlook (v) Overlook. To monitor or inspect. Overlook. To fail to notice or choose not to emphasize On one hand, I overlook the progress of something, perhaps I keep a close eye on how something is developing. On …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.13.2020

I learned a new word last week. It was completely by accident while reading a beach novel with very few redeeming characteristics. But I learned a new word. Actually a word that categorizes many words. Contronym. Contronym is a word with multiple meanings where one meaning is the reverse of another. There are many examples …

OUT OF THE CHAOS 10.12.2020

32That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. 33The whole town gathered at the door to watch. 34So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. 35Before daybreak the …