Give Thanks in All Things

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.—1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I love Thanksgiving. I love the family gatherings and the food and the laughter and the photos and the traditions and all the leftovers. I love having a long weekend to enjoy with loved ones. I love the fact that Thanksgiving (more…)

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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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…)

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…)

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…)