Sorrow and mourning are inevitable parts of life and are easier to face when death is understandable. We all have a time when our Father will call us back to him, but when that time comes far before when we expect, there is little that can be said or done to understand it. And without understanding, we stay in our sorrow. Moving forward seems unattainable, and sometimes, unappealing. Clinging to sorrow, as painful as it is, sometimes makes us feel closer to those we’ve lost.
There’s so much more to the Bible than just the words on the page. It’s easy to get trapped into just reading the words on the page, but the Bible comes to life in new ways when we remember that these were real people with real emotions, thoughts, and actions. It comes to life when we remember that these are true accounts of our Lord and Savior interacting with us in the flesh. We can all get a little weary of reading the same words over and over again. But we also know the B
Most of us have friends or family that, though we haven’t spoken to them in a long time — even years — if we were to text them right now, in a time of need, they’d be there to help us. This is a fine type of relationship for friends, but not for Jesus. If we’re honest, how many of us treat our relationship with Jesus like this? Knowing he’s out there but only reaching out in a time of need? It’s one way to live, but it is not the best way to live. Living at arms length from J
There are seasons in life of comfort and there are seasons of growth, and that includes our relationship with Jesus. We can all get to the point where we feel a little too comfortable with Jesus — thinking we understand it all and feeling like there is nothing else to learn. Late in Jesus’ life, even the disciples began to feel this way. There’s a revealing interaction between Jesus, what we can assume are his disciples and other followers, and a woman with a very expensive j
The Bible is often quoted in the news, online, and in daily life and its continued presence and importance to our daily discourse is a great thing. However, there are certainly times when a verse or story is pulled from the Bible in order to justify an action, often political. It is dangerous territory when we justify our actions with a verse or story we know in the Bible, because words and stories are easily twisted and conclusions that should not be drawn, are. The Bible is