Flaws: God Makes Things All Amazingly New

Flaws: God Makes Things All Amazingly New

The highest-priced pieces of carved jade are those made out of solid colored stones without flaws. Going against the conventional selection process, an unknown artist selected a piece of multicolor jade containing cracks and color blotches to carve an exquisite piece...
God’s Offer to Reason Is An Awesome Gift

God’s Offer to Reason Is An Awesome Gift

God makes a startling request in the first chapter of Isaiah.   “Come now, let us reason together” Isaiah 1.18a   This is the only place God invites us to reason with Him. God told the Israelites to reason with their neighbors to avoid sin (Lev. 19.17). Paul...
The Great Relief Of Knowing Life Is Not Fair

The Great Relief Of Knowing Life Is Not Fair

“It’s not fair!” How many times have we heard children make that statement when a siblings seems to be getting the better deal? How often have we, as adults said the same thing when circumstances in life don’t seem to fall in our favor?   Genesis 4 relates a...
Pruning: How Pain Can Actually Lead To Joy

Pruning: How Pain Can Actually Lead To Joy

As humans, we don’t like pain. We can be easily overwhelmed by persistent or unexpected pain. Our culture has developed all kinds of ways to substitute, medicate, replace and avoid pain. Yet what if pain was not something to steer clear of? What if pain had a greater...
Know The Wonderful Truth Of Who You Are

Know The Wonderful Truth Of Who You Are

Who you are can be a nagging question that has many and varied answers. Parents, teachers, friends, spouses, children, bosses, co-workers, and pastors, among others, can have very different answers. Sometimes other people’s answers can even be in direct opposition to...