Never Shaken

My hope is in you, GodI am steadfast, I will not be movedI’m anchored,never shaken.All my hope is in you. William Matthews Hope. We sing the song “Hope’s Anthem” by William Matthews often at church. We are fast approaching the Christmas season where the word ‘hope’ is tossed around quite a bit. And yet, we also find that depression is more common during this season than others. So even though we talk about hope, some people don’t have much, if any. Due to pandemic issues, I will admit that this year as we head into Christmas, I am not overly hopeful. … Continue reading Never Shaken

Perfect Peace

You keep everyone in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because they place their trust in You. Isaiah 26:3 Perfect peace during a pandemic? Is this even possible? This verse (not the reality of my current experience) leads me to believe that it is possible. Which begs the question – how? I don’t know about you but I have had to turn off the news, stay away from Facebook and disengage from conversations around the hot topics. I don’t have answers and neither do the news reporters, the politicians and people who want to spend countless hours speculating … Continue reading Perfect Peace

The Girdled Tree

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1 I have never had to have a tree removed. I don’t need to because I have a puppy who has destroyed three already. The trees were young, and she was young, and I hoped they would outgrow her—but that wasn’t the case. I am no expert, but even I could tell that the tree was dead. The leaves were gone and the branches chewed off. I have heard of a method for killing off invasive or unwanted trees called girdling. Girdling is done by stripping off … Continue reading The Girdled Tree

Let Them Rule

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26 We were made to rule over the earth. I don’t know about you but ruling over anything right now seems way beyond my grasp. Powerless is a word that more effectively describes my present state of mind. So when this verse says I was made to rule over … Continue reading Let Them Rule

Potential Jumper on I 5 Bridge

Some time ago, an incident happened on the I 5 bridge in Portland. A man was positioned to jump. He had a knife pointed at his stomach and a cell phone. This I read in the newspaper. I first heard about the incident however, from a woman who had been attempting to get home and was caught in the massive traffic jam caused by this incident. She came to where I work to pick up her son. She was mildly indignant about the whole thing. She went to great length to describe the scene – the man on the bridge, … Continue reading Potential Jumper on I 5 Bridge

A New Address

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Colossians 1: 13 When we begin our new life with God through Christ Jesus, we are not only relationally changed, we are positionally changed.  Our old address is the domain of darkness and our new address is the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Things operate differently in this kingdom than they do at our old address.  In this kingdom we are told that the way to life is to die to ourselves, that giving is better than receiving, that miracles are the … Continue reading A New Address

Rock Solid Truth or Not

Spirit lead me where my trust is without bordersLet me walk upon the watersWherever You would call meTake me deeper than my feet could ever wanderAnd my faith will be made strongerIn the presence of my Savior These lyrics from a song by Hillsong United got stuck in my head. Day and night, I was singing this, only sometimes out loud. I changed a word in it inadvertently. I sang “where my faith is without borders”—over and over and over again.  One day I heard the song on the radio and heard them sing “my trust is without borders” and my … Continue reading Rock Solid Truth or Not

If Only God Would

Moses responded, “Then show me Your glorious presence.” Exodus 33:18 Moses had been given the unenviable task of leading God’s people to the Promised Land. God assured Moses that he would not be going alone, God would be with him and would look favorably upon him. But Moses wanted more. Maybe he was thinking something like, “Maybe I could do this if God would only __________.” Moses filled in that blank with “show me Your glorious presence.” When called to go through something difficult or stretching, what would you fill in that blank with? Heal me, make my path straight, make my … Continue reading If Only God Would

The Baby with the Bathwater

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35 I believe in divine healing even though I still have pain in my body. I first learned about divine healing experientially. Members of my family were healed because someone prayed.  But experience isn’t the same as biblical doctrine. While living in Tulsa, I encountered the Word of Faith teachings of Kenneth Hagin, Bob Yandian, Billy Joe Daugherty, Richard Roberts and more. It was new to me; I had never in all my years of attending church, heard this message of healing. Since I needed healing, I … Continue reading The Baby with the Bathwater

Freedom!

Since then the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.   Hebrews 2: 14-15 Jesus took on flesh and blood because of His desire to share in our humanity.  He took on the yucky things about being human – sin, sickness, disease, lack and even death, so that we could be set free from them. And free from the fear … Continue reading Freedom!