Pray for Good Grief

Joni Mitchell sang words to describe our times “Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone.” Since March many things have been taken away from us starting with events that fell off our calendars like snowflakes from winter skies. Then the structures of daily life evaporated: school, employment, shopping, restaurants and sports. We were cut off from our grandparents and grandchildren. Weddings were cancelled. Graduations disappeared. Vacation plans collapsed. We could not go to church, serve in mission or visit the sick. Some could not have funerals. Sure, there have been gains as families have re-discovered each other, lives have slowed down and faith has b

A Message in the Virus?

In 1750, earthquakes shook Europe. John Wesley took it upon himself to preach upon the disaster in his sermon, “The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes”. He began with Psalm 46:8, “Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth” then proceeded to outline his sermonic purposes: 1) to show that earthquakes are the work of the Lord and that he is responsible for bringing the destruction; 2) to call his listeners to behold these destructive works and 3) to give his listeners directions about what to do. (spoiler alert: repent and believe in Jesus Christ) It’s the third month of pandemic quarantine. To date we’ve seen over 4 million cases worldwide and as many as 300,0

Scripture and the Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Now More Than Ever (book review)

Scripture and the Life of God is a very practical book for ordinary Christians to have a transformational relationship to scripture. David Watson is a recognized New Testament scholar and a professor at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio—and did I mention he’s a United Methodist? What a gift he is to modern Christians seeking to recover a Biblically based faith and grow closer to God in obedient communion. Watson writes in a clear and easy-to-read style. I was easily able to finish it in one evening. The book has only 5 chapters: 1. A path into the life of God; 2. Reading for the life of God; 3. Guides into the life of God; 4. Expectation and the life of God and 5. One book for the

The Enemies of Marriage

Every marriage encounters three major threats to unity and purpose. Do you know your enemies? If you do not, you are well on your way to sabotaging your own home. Before you read any further I want to emphasize something very critical: your spouse is not your enemy and never has been. Let me say it again: your spouse is not your enemy. If you can’t agree, it’s time to change your thinking. The invisible threat to every marriage is Satan. His first target in the Bible was the marriage of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:1). Satan’s desire is to distort God’s unity between husbands and wives. He wants to destroy God’s impact on future generations and he wants to disrupt the communion between God and Go

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