Surrendered

It can be tempting to think the names we read in the Scriptures aren’t, in fact, real people. It’s as though we’ve resigned them to concepts or symbols of desired ideals. That could not be further from the truth. Abraham was real. So was Moses, King David, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Nehemiah. Peter, James, and John …

Love Casts Out Fear

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear…” —First John 4:18 My wife and I spent Thanksgiving in Estes Park, Colorado this year. It was a beautiful trip. We all have environments that recharge our batteries and heap spiritual Miracle Grow on our souls. The mountains and the trees do that …

Who Are You?

I’ve been attending church gatherings one to three times a week since I was in 5th grade, with exception to the 2-year hiatus in college when I deceptively thought drugs and alcohol were an accurate depiction of a good time. Over the course of the 18 years since 5th grade, I’ve been frequently warned how …

Pressing On

I remember the first time I was hurt by someone I trusted and respected. They had been a source of life and love for me in my spiritual walk and they had presented themselves as someone to count on. I’d reached out to confide in them and ask for advice as I had been feeling …

Breaking Free

We all have a past. For many of us, our past haunts our present, and in some cases even our future. Perhaps we’ve made some new friendships that unfortunately learned through a rotten grape vine that our history isn’t what we wished it would have been and as a result judged us prematurely and inappropriately. …

Predestination: It’s Not What You Think It Is

Many interpret the biblical doctrine of predestination as a distant and impersonal Being in the sky who, in essence, plays the lotto with humanities' souls; electing a select few for eternal bliss and pleasure forevermore while condemning the rest to eternal darkness, torture, and misery ever after complete with scorching flames and the gnashing of …