Hope?

Can I tell you a secret? Sinners sin. This apparently is a secret because I am amazed how Christians react when sinners do outrageous acts. Our current indignation is about a pair of shoes. (I will not name the shoes or the artist because I believe there is no such thing as bad publicity.) I have seen outrage from Christians, fear this will corrupt our children, and dismay that this...

Let Us Pray

Luke 18, one of my favorites. When I was going through a particular difficult time, the story of the persistent widow was of great comfort. I learned, as I cry out to God both day and night, eventually God would answer. That is a truth. But as I read Luke 18 this morning, I discovered Jesus’ example of how to pray did not end with the story of the widow....

Ask. Trust. Ask.

Have you ever prayed for something, I mean really interceded, and was disappointed? I have. One of my favorite promises from God is, “Since we have this confidence, we can also have great boldness before him, for if we ask anything agreeable to his will, he will hear us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we also know that we have obtained the requests...

Whack-A-Mole Prayer

H “What are you believing God for,” my friend asked while we were vacationing. I didn’t have an answer. Not that I wasn’t praying. Since this pandemic hit, I’ve been praying like crazy… Praying for the pandemic to end. Praying for friends who are unemployed. Praying my students would do well despite the learning situation. Praying police brutality would end. Praying for the families who unjustly lost a life at...

Pray. Trust. Believe.

Tears of joy. Tears of sadness. Tears of anger. Yesterday, my sweet students wrote me letters. They were filled with words of encouragement and gratitude. I often think because I teach calculus, my students would be successful no matter who their teacher was. But these letters reminded me the power of encouragement and how I set the tone in my class. The letters reminded me of my significance as their...

The Debate

Before reading my Bible this morning, I scrolled through Facebook. (I’ll pause so all of my pious readers can give a collective gasp.) But I quickly grew weary of the current debate on Facebook: Open up the Government vs. The Risk of the virus is still great. So I opened my bible app and it went directly to Psalm 107. If you read Psalm 107, two themes are repeated throughout:...

The Prayer

Lord, I thank you that you are neither a Republican or a Democrat. You are not American, or Asian, or Italian. You are God of the Universe, a good Father to ALL people regardless of race, ethnicity, or political affiliation. Father, this morning I declare my faith, my hope, my trust is not in any man, nor in any political party. My faith, my hope, my trust is in you...

Pray!

Have you ever been so overwhelmed you couldn’t pray? I get that way sometimes and in the last couple of weeks, I have almost lived there. I’m bombarded with concerns for my children, death of co-workers, empathizing with those who are hurting around me, planning to teach, missing my students, the uncertainty…ugh! I go to pray and don’t even know where to start. This summer, the Lord began to speak...

First Response

David’s life suddenly resembled the lyrics of a country music song. He had been expelled from his homeland. A king sought his life. He had been robbed. His two wives and children were kidnapped. His closest friends talked of stoning him. But David’s response was priceless. He did not complain. He did not blame. He did not wallow in self-pity. He did not question God.  David’s first response was to:...

Uncertainty

What do you do when you get news of a possible bad report? The company is downsizing and you may be laid off. The doctor is concerned about your test and you may have a degenerative disease, Your spouse is unhappy and divorce is looming. What do you do in the uncertainty? Fear? Worry? Google? What if you prayed and rested? A man came to Jesus because his son was...