The God of All Grace

Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen and support you after you have suffered a little while. – 1 Peter 5:10

This verse jumped out at me as I read through my Sunday school lesson a few weeks ago, so I immediately wrote it on an index card (more…)

The Power of Praise

Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, and they were defeated . . . And the fear of God was on was on all the kingdoms of those countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of (more…)

When Our Good Doesn’t Feel Good

 

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28

Three years ago our younger dog, Pepper, was rescued off the street, where, it soon became clear, she had developed a fondness for paper. Once rescued, she would eat dirty tissues out of the garbage can (more…)

Living as His Ambassadors in the Face of Tragedy

Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15

A middle schooler so defeated by bullying that he shoots himself to death in his school. A grandfather who kills his daughter and his six grandchildren, then calls 911 to tell the dispatcher what he has done and promises her police will find him dead as well.

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Joy in the Mourning

The light of Christmas shines dimly for many around the world. It is a time of want. It is a time of persecution. It is a time of grief. It is a time of loneliness. Comfort seems so distant. Words seem so empty – except these:
Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning. (Psalm (more…)