I have often heard and read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, "the love passage." Have I really meditated on how this passage points to my Savior, Jesus Christ? "Love is patient and kind;" "When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And... Continue Reading →
Today, at home due to the strike of that ever-lurking illness, I could be tempted to feel useless. I am naturally a driven person. My husband is also driven. We often talk about our days in terms of productivity. As a nurse and homemaker, my weeks tend to be busy and full of work, so... Continue Reading →
"The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!'" -John 12:12-13 It is... Continue Reading →
One thing I love about the Star Wars movies is the unending determination of the small band of rebels to stand against their large and powerful enemy. They stand because they have hope. In the Star Wars universe, that hope is fueled by the "light" side of the "force." As the church, we too are called to stand against a powerful enemy and we are fueled by a hope that is much more real and much more beautiful.
One problem I have observed that my sisters struggle with is guarding their hearts against emotional entanglements with men they should not marry. In particular, many young Christian women who long for marriage are tempted to settle for or fall in love with men who are not believers. Sisters, it is vital that we trust the Lord enough to wait and marry a godly man for the sake of our inheritance.
The Christmas story, the advent of God coming in flesh, has been told and retold and celebrated for centuries. It is a great drama, beyond the classic Nativity scene, yet in our modern age, we tend to make it as soft and feel-good as a Hallmark movie. The coming of Christ is a history more... Continue Reading →
A false gospel is any message that twists or contradicts the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus, accomplished by Christ Jesus. This is outlined for us in the Scriptures, given by God, preached by Jesus and his apostles. Our Lord and his apostles warn us over and over again that false prophets will come preaching false gospels. How is a Christian to recognize false gospels, which seek to lead people astray and "if possible, even the elect," (Matthew 24:24)? The way to spot a fake, as the cliche goes, is to study what is genuine.
As a Christian, the time of harvest is not just a time for me to celebrate God's provision of food for another year, but also to remember that He will cause His word to bear fruit.
I love fairy tales and I love fairy-tales re-told. They are often the clearest pictures of the fight of good versus evil. I love well-done stories so well, I wrote a blog post about one (see Beauty and the Beast). All that to say, I was very disappointed with Amazon's "Cinderella" retelling. It felt more... Continue Reading →
"The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is St. George to kill the dragon. Exactly what the fairy tale does is this: it accustoms him for a series of clear pictures to the idea that these limitless terrors had a limit, that... Continue Reading →
One of the most memorable contrasts in Scripture between the righteous and wicked is in Psalm 1. The psalm begins by describing the man whose "delight is in the law of the LORD," (v. 1). This man is, "like a tree planted by streams of water," (v. 3). In contrast, the wicked "are not so,... Continue Reading →