Why God Says No: To Teach Eternal Purpose

Why does God sometimes say No to things we seem to really need for peace and happiness? Many years ago a small business I worked for shut down unexpectedly, leaving me unemployed in the middle of a recession a few months before I was to be married. I had a tough time finding a new […]

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Spontaneous Praise and Why the Psalmists Call Us to do It

The Psalms tell us to praise God. But some skeptics complain and some Christians worry that this might make God egotistical. A Trip Down a River Let me tell a story. Recently Clay and I boarded a boat docked on the sea green Tortuguero Canal in Costa Rica. Its blue canopy shielded us from sun […]

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Don’t Let Intimidation Stop You

Have you ever embarked on what you thought might be a way to help others, but as soon as you told people about it, became intimidated? I have. In fact, just last year I joined a newly formed writers’ group and shared my plans for books to encourage Christians and strengthen faith. Though I’d published […]

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5 Steps for Facing Daunting Decisions

Five book ideas competed for my attention like auditioning dancers. All seemed exciting, but working with any would be daunting. And then there was the completed Bible study guide that had been well received at two churches. Should I submit it to a publisher? That meant creating a blog—another time consumer. I thumbed through my […]

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Abraham, Isaac & Child Sacrifice

This week the women’s Bible study at my church is reading about God asking Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. This story distresses many Christians because they question how it could possibly be fair or right for God to ask this. Let’s take a look at it.. The story begins: “Then God said, ‘Take your […]

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Chase Away Temptation, Doubt, and Fear

Discouragement. It stops progress—especially progress overcoming temptation, doubt, and fear. Will I ever get over my anger towards that person? Can God really love a person who has failed as miserably as I have? Will I survive the loss of my loved one? What will happen to my loved ones if I die? Will I […]

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Honest Prayer

Like many Christians I’d memorized verses such as “all things work together for good” and “give thanks in all circumstances (Rom 8:28, 1Th 5:18). When bad things happened, I’d quote these verses, thank God for the good He would work, and push away questions. Trying to trust God, I did something akin to closing my […]

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