Red-Dress Christians

Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. – Hebrews 4:16

I was a senior in college when I learned an important lesson about confidence. It was a lesson I learned not in a classroom but at a bus stop.

Most of my clothes (more…)

Idolizing Your Heartache

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:13-14

I’ve been through a lot in my life – childhood abuse, abandonment, seeing loved (more…)

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Consider the Ant

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! – Proverbs 6:6

It started about two months ago during the drought: an unrelenting parade of tiny ants in our master bathroom. They first were there for water, so when rainy season started, I expected them to find their way back outside, where they could eat and drink to their (more…)

Dedicating and Dedicated

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord. – 1 Samuel 1:27-28  

Infertility plagued Hannah, who endured ongoing taunts about her childless state. So when God gave her Samuel, she fulfilled her promise and dedicated him (more…)

Moving On

. . . forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead . . . – Philippians 4:13b

Many people were happy to bid good riddance to 2016. It was a year of great tension, trial, loss and division. And now that it’s behind us, it’s important we don’t spend 2017 looking in the rearview mirror. It’s time to move (more…)