Psalm 2: Hope in the Midst of Injustice

Terrorists murder and maim. Con artists bilk the elderly. The rich exploit the poor. Abusers scar children. The promiscuous mock the chaste. Liars lock the innocent behind bars. Those who’ve sworn to uphold justice overturn it. What is our hope in the midst of injustice? Psalm 2 tells us. It’s a psalm originally composed for […]

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Fight Fear with Truth

When you’re facing fear or confronting doubt, one of the best tools at your disposal is what I call a truth journal. A truth journal is a piece of paper or a section in a spiral notebook or journal in which you write truth statements that you need rooted in your heart. The truth journal supports you […]

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How to Switch on Spiritual Habits

Many Christians with great intentions set goals for starting new spiritual habits, such as reading through the Bible, having a regular prayer time, or developing faith conversation skills. But real life often waylays our plans, dumping a bag load of discouragement on our backs that makes it hard to stand up and try again. I’ve been […]

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Weaknesses & Learning to Walk

Seeing the heavenly Father’s patience with our weaknesses isn’t always easy. Years ago a young man barely out of high school asked me how he could know God still loved him despite his repeated failings. People had told him God is a loving and patient Father who forgives sin, and had given him many verses, […]

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Make Room to Grow

Last spring I decided to grow lettuce because I was tired of tossing bags of limp leaves from the refrigerator when I was hoping to make a salad or sandwich wrap. I knew I’d have to use clay pots near our house since rabbits would devour lettuce farther away, so I checked how many I […]

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The Complaining Fast

The first sunny Saturday after two weeks of rain, I donned blue gardening gloves, grabbed  weeding fork and  pronged hoe, and headed to the backyard. I found the variegated nasturtiums I’d sown around the now gone summer annuals had sprouted nicely, but so had clumps of dark red oxalis, thick sprigs of mint, and sprays […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 4

Part four of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story How do we courageously obey God when obedience is risky? I find help in Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately started on his way when […]

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Disbelief and a Broken Tooth

We found ten-year-old Jackie crying next to the pool, waiting for us. She’d been our foster daughter for just a short time, but she came quickly into our arms. She was still damp and the scent of chlorine clung to her. Gently pushing blond hair from her face, I said, “Let me see, Jackie.” She […]

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Harrowing Heights

Heights don’t usually affect me. But a week ago Sunday on the way home from Arizona, we got caught in an I-10 closure. We decided to swap the 5-hour crawl for a 2-hour adventure. We turned our dusty CRV around and headed back to Palm Springs. There we found a bougainvillea-lined alternate route (Hwy. 74) […]

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Persevering Past Halfway

Have you ever excitedly started a new project and halfway in wondered, Whatever made me think I could do this anyway? This is beyond my abilities! I’ll never get done. The halfway point can be hard. The initial excitement disappears, the project looms larger than anticipated, unpredicted problems pile on, and fatigue weighs in. And […]

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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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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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