Have you ever read the book of Job? More specifically, have you ever wondered why God commanded three of Job's friends (not all four) to have Job pray for them. Why didn't God have the younger guy (Elihu) pray for the older four? In Job 42:9-10 we read: “So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the … Continue reading Antidotes
"Give us this day our daily bread." What does the above verse from Matthew even mean? What exactly was Jesus even trying to convey in this prayer pattern He left for us...and why was He so specific in the usage of the words "day" and "daily?" Imagine this wording, "Give us bread." No limitation on … Continue reading Daily Bread
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I’ve been covering the book, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis with a close sister in Christ. I am reminded over and over again how darkness truly tries to disguise itself so we turn against God and others. How deception will corrupt us from the inside masking anger, bitterness, and allow us to see ourselves always as the victim, and not the one at fault.
Last November, I started a writing project that is a cross between The Screwtape Letters and Pilgrim’s Progress (by John Bunyan). For clarity, I had NOT read at all anything of The Screwtape Letters when I started the project, and I’ve only gone about, maybe, halfway through Pilgrim’s Progress.
Ever since I began the project, there are some things God helped me write down that I cannot stop being aware of now.
Especially when it deals with whispers.
Whispers are rampant. In music…
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My family and I are fellow Odysseyians (don't know what that means, visit whitsend.org). We listen to Odyssey everyday and for some of us, it's what we play right before we cross the Promised Land of Zees. Last night, we sat around the table listening to the most recent adventure. No, I will not give … Continue reading Does God really know best?
The devil challenged Yahweh twice regarding Job’s faithfulness. With each series of challenges, Job proved that he was committed to God, to the very end. Though Job mourned, felt ill-treated and even abandoned, He still believed in God. The plan of the enemy was to have Job curse God, to have him blaspheme and doubt … Continue reading Faithfulness
As one who grew up in church, I have heard the Joseph story told a gazillion times. I've heard it preached -"From Prison to Palace." I've seen it performed in a play, "From rags to riches." I've listened to it taught "From the pit to the palace" and I'm sure if I really thought hard … Continue reading Not another Joseph story!
Every calendar year, folks make resolutions. Or plans. Or decrees. However you care to look at it, every time the year draws to a close people resolve to do something different. Lose weight. Gain muscles. Exercise more. Sleep less. Make more money. Read more. Eat more vegetables. Eat less meat. Get rid of old clothes. … Continue reading Reset
Lately I confess, I have taken up the laborious task of running. Running to work. Running to serve. Running to have "me time." Running to prepare dinner. Running through my nightly devotion. Running through prayer time. Running home from the store. Running here. Running there. As I sit and ponder all this running I realize … Continue reading Fuming?
Having a godly community is good. I dare say it is a tremendous blessing. One way to describe this gift is by imagining being a tall palm tree that has its branches raised to the warm sunny sky surrounded by a body of cool, deep water. "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law … Continue reading An overwhelming sea
“Throw your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be upended.” Psalm 55:22, NLT Jesus in His ministry on earth forewarned us that in this life we would have problems; in fact, the word He used was tribulations or as some translations report trouble (John 16:33). … Continue reading Toss it
Ab (Hebrew), Abba (Aramaic) or Pater (Greek) word means ‘daddy’, ‘papa’ or ‘Father”. Oh how sweet that sounds, “Abba Father”, the name of calling our Daddy at any given moment at any time. When we refer to Yahweh as our Abba it shows a personal relationship. Like a father with a child, we approach God … Continue reading Abba Father