God is Always Behind the Scenes.

As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, “Why does he do this?” The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to…

Happy Twenty10

My apologies for the laziness with blogging lately.  I really have no excuse. I get married in less than two weeks, and the last six have been a whirlwind.  God has taught me more than I could ask for since being home from South Africa.  As always, he is continually revealing the dark parts of…

More Thoughts on Loving and Liking

I wanted to clarify a few things from my last post.  Here are four things that I do not mean when I say that loving and liking someone is the same thing: I don’t mean that you have to be buddy-buddy with every person.  There is a way to be gentle, respectful, kind, truthful, and…

“I’m Called To Love Them, But I Don’t Have to Like Them!”

Have you ever heard a Christian say this?  I’ve not only heard it, but said it many times. Yesterday, talking about Barack Obama, a friend told me that they love Obama but don’t like him.  (By the way, this was right before he called Obama a “self aggrandizing, arrogant socialist…who is a piss-poor leader.”) Sometimes…

The Lord Will Provide

By John Newton and William Cowper Though troubles assail, And dangers affright; Though friends should all fail, And foes all unite, Yet one thing secures us, Whatever betide: The Scripture assures us, “The Lord will provide.” The birds, without barn Or storehouse, are fed; From them let us learn To trust for our bread; His…