“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the… Continue reading Why Does God Want Me to Love My Enemies?
Matthew 8:23-27 tells the story of Jesus calming a storm. I grew up learning about this story and the aspect of Jesus who controls even the wind and rain, and I always thought that was the main point of those verses, but today I gained new insight about it. Let’s read it together: “Then he… Continue reading Jesus is in the storm with you
In the summer of 1998 I was between 8th and 9th grade. My mom heard of a Christian theatre seminar called Art Reach and though money was tight, my parents scraped together the tuition and sent me to it. The seminar was not age restricted, so, though I was only 14, I attended classes with… Continue reading What is “the valley of the shadow of death”? It’s life.
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the… Continue reading Love Your Enemies
Have y’all ever been just going along with your life minding your own business and then POW something happens to trip you up, and then sin enters your life? Well, I have. The sin I struggle with the most often that just ambushes me like that is rage. I am sometimes just overtaken by an… Continue reading Be Angry, and in Your Anger Do Not Sin.
The prophecies of the bible are one of its greatest mysteries. Though many claim to understand them, it’s likely that few actually do. In Matthew chapter 13 the bible says of us, “Though seeing, they do not see, though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” The people tasked with interpreting biblical prophecies in Jesus’s… Continue reading How Not to be a Pharisee
God is referred to as a “fortress” 21 times in the bible. Once in Jeremiah, Isaiah and 2 Samuel, twice in Proverbs, and a whopping 16 times in Psalms. What does it mean that “God is my fortress”?
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that… Continue reading Let Us Love One Another
Trigger warning: bullying, animal cruelty About a year ago an emotional interview between Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert went viral. It was shortly after the death of Cooper’s mother, famous fashion designer and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. The two men bonded over their losses, and Colbert is quoted as having said, “What punishments of God are… Continue reading When God’s Punishments Are Gifts