Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?

The other day over coffee, my good buddy and I were talking about our week and I brought up my blog. I told him about how I feel pride and shame are two sides of the same coin, like I wrote about some here. He immediately told me I was right on the money, andContinue reading “Must I Choose between Pride or Shame?”

Jesus Calms the Storm

“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor!Psalms 107:28‭-‬30 NLT Not the reference you expected? I was reading Psalm 107 when that section came upContinue reading “Jesus Calms the Storm”

Justice or Righteousness?

Consider the following: Hatred is not really the absence of love. Neither is love simply the absence of hatred. But effort, you see, is needed for either emotion to exist. The lack of one or the other could just mean indifference, an ideal state for some: that neutral, unbiased, and objective position that logicians reachContinue reading “Justice or Righteousness?”

O Death, You Filthy Piece of Crap, Where is Your Sting?

Death is final. It is the end of all things. It catches up to us all, for it is the most powerful and unstoppable force in existence. No one, not one, can evade its bony grasp. We must all succumb to the darkness and be forgotten. There is no escape. All that is a lie.Continue reading “O Death, You Filthy Piece of Crap, Where is Your Sting?”

When I Want to Give Up, pt. 6

Part 5 here I’ve written a little about Job here, and I recommend reading the short post before continuing. In summary, Job was afflicted with all sorts of calamity and pain he believed God unjustly sent. But in fact, the book affirms Job was never a sinner being punished by God, but rather it wasContinue reading “When I Want to Give Up, pt. 6”

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)”