When I Want to Give Up, pt. 4

See part 3 Why Have You Abandoned Me? “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night I lift my voice, but I find no relief.” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭22:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬) Isn’tContinue reading “When I Want to Give Up, pt. 4”

When I Want to Give Up, pt. 3

See part 2 “To Live is Christ, to Die is Gain” But there is more to that verse. Let’s look at the context of what the Apostle Paul is saying: “My confident hope is that I will in no way be ashamed but that with complete boldness, even now as always, Christ will be exaltedContinue reading “When I Want to Give Up, pt. 3”

When I Want to Give Up, pt. 1

I’ve often wanted to give up, whether it be on my dreams, my responsibilities, or life in general. I’ve given up before even on God, letting myself slide away from Him like a boulder into a lake. I can remember that day if I try, though I wish I couldn’t. It’s been almost twenty yearsContinue reading “When I Want to Give Up, pt. 1”

The Church Awakens (short version)

“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” (Ephesians 5:14 NLT) The sun rose and we woke up. But we did more than just wake up, we got up. We left our little piece of Heaven to help others find God. I know in this weather, it’s so muchContinue reading “The Church Awakens (short version)”

The Tragedy of Job’s Hopelessness

Job was a broken man. The satan had taken away everything from him except his life. Job’s kids were dead, his flocks destroyed, and his wealth reduced to nothing. Additionally he’d broken out in serious boils all over his body. His wife (who had somehow survived the calamities) encouraged him to commit a type ofContinue reading “The Tragedy of Job’s Hopelessness”

The Pleasure of Takin it Easy

Imagine if you would a tropical beach by lush, green mountains. There’s white sand sifting through your toes while you hold your fruity drink to your lips. Your tan is turning out well, nice and toasty and even. And you have nothing to worry about, because work’s in another hemisphere, huddled there with your anxieties,Continue reading “The Pleasure of Takin it Easy”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 6

Part 5 here A Possible Future World Imagine if you would a world without war, hunger, or needless death. The clashing nations have put down their weapons, dismantled their missiles, melted their firearms, raised their hands in worship, and regrown the lost Garden to cover the Earth. Animal life now thrives, greenery flourishes in theContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 6”

Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 5

Part 4 here To light the way in the darkness, it’s not enough to simply shine a light. I have to leave the security of the mountains to travel through the valley roads where the lost live, where they toil and they die, all the while longing for a rest from suffering. In hopes ofContinue reading “Light the Way in the Darkness, pt. 5”