“Divine Suggestions?” December 9

 

Divine Suggestions? #WordofGod #Bible #commands #principles #sanctityoflife #unbornbabyHow do you view the Word of God? As the commands and revelation of the Creator of heaven and earth or is it merely “interesting” to you … one more opinion in a list of options for making decisions and solving life’s problems? Is it full of commands and principles to live by or merely divine suggestions? Is it a standard or the standard by which you weigh everything?

Before you answer … you might ask yourself if, when talking about some Biblical command or principle, you’ve ever said:

  • I tried that, it just didn’t work.
  • Well, I just believe …
  • I know what the Bible says, but …
  • This is almost 2018.
  • We live in a different world.

As my husband says, “Amen” or “Oh! Me!”  Continue reading

“No Ordinary Book, No Ordinary Throne Room” November 8

 

No Ordinary Book, No Ordinary Throne Room - I've always enjoyed reading historical fiction. When I was a teenager I read a number of books based on stories about the kings, queens, and czars of Europe and Russia. Throughout history, monarchs came in every sort and personality, some good, some evil and they used their power accordingly. In medieval times, monarchs wielded what seemed like absolute power. Even today, kings and dictators in some parts of the world hold the power of life and death over their subjects. We, too, have a King. So, what can we expect when we come into His throne room? Are we to expect judgment and begrudging answers? Or are we to expect something quite different? And what is it about God's Word? How is it different from any other book? Why have so many tried to destroy it and why is it so vilified today? And personally, why does it have the ability to pierce our hearts in a way nothing else can? I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction. When I was a teenager I read a number of books based on stories about the kings, queens, and czars of Europe and Russia.

Throughout history, monarchs came in every sort and personality, some good, some evil and they used their power accordingly. In medieval times, monarchs wielded what seemed like absolute power. Even today, kings and dictators in some parts of the world hold the power of life and death over their subjects.

We, too, have a King. So, what can we expect when we come into His throne room? Are we to expect judgment and begrudging answers? Or are we to expect something quite different?

And what is it about God’s Word? How is it different from any other book? Why have so many tried to destroy it and why is it so vilified today? And personally, why does it have the ability to pierce our hearts in a way nothing else can?  Continue reading

“Are You Under God’s Umbrella of Protection?” October 28

 

Are you under God's umbrella of protection? - What is God’s "umbrella of protection" and how do we stay under it? How, also, do we put ourselves outside His protective authority? And how does the Church itself act as an umbrella of protection for its members?What is God’s “umbrella of protection” and how do we stay under it in the home, in the workplace, and in other areas of life? How, also, do we put ourselves outside His protective authority? And how does the Church itself act as an umbrella of protection for its members?  Continue reading

“Vampires, Eternity & the Living Dead” October 17

 

Vampires, Eternity & the Living Dead - To say I'm not a fan of the vampire, living dead crazes would be an understatement. I think it contributes to our society's loss of shock about the things of darkness. Many of us have witnessed so much death, blood, and wickedness on our TV screens that we are no longer repulsed or shocked by it. But could there be an even more deadly reason for people's fascination with fictional eternal creatures. There was, however, a time when the dead did come out of their graves and it will happen again. Imagine, if you will, your family sitting around the dinner table one night when there is a knock at the door … and there stands “Uncle Joe,” whose funeral you had attended a few years before?To say I’m not a fan of the vampire, living dead crazes would be an understatement. I think it contributes to our society’s loss of shock about the things of darkness. Many of us have seen so much death, blood, and wickedness on our TV screens that we are no longer repulsed or shocked by it. But could there be an even more deadly reason for people’s fascination with fictional immortal beings?

There was, however, a time when the dead did come out of their graves and the Bible says it will happen again. How should that influence our thoughts about eternity?

Imagine, if you will, your family sitting around the dinner table one night when there is a knock at the door … and there stands “Uncle Joe,” whose funeral you had attended a few years before?  Continue reading