Knowing God vs. Knowing About God

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.—James 2:19

Years ago, I worked for the popular pastor of a large church. People were draw by his charismatic personality. He shared so many personal anecdotes in his messages that people felt they knew him. This made for some borderline creepy scenarios, both in person and via email. 

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A Belated Thanks to My Teachers

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. – Proverbs 18:21

As students (including my grandkids) return to school, I have found myself getting nostalgic thinking about the teachers who had an impact on my life. Two in particular – Mr. M and Dr. E – come to mind as people who (more…)

Those Voices in Your Head

Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
–  Isaiah 41:10

Most of us would run from someone who admitted having voices in her head. But in reality, most of us do – just not the kind that tell (more…)

Left Behind by Suicide

Weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15b

Over the past few weeks, several of my friends and loved ones have lost someone to suicide. Then yesterday I heard the news of designer Kate Spade‘s suicide. Every time I hear about someone losing a friend or loved one to suicide, my heart aches for them. That kind of loss brings a grief (more…)

The Object of Our Faith

. . . For truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. – Matthew 17:20

In the face of trials, we pray for God’s favor, aka a resolution that fits nicely in our (more…)