Dig into Romans with Me (Week 11: Romans 3)

“Who died and made you queen?” That was a question I heard growing up when I was acting way too full of myself. When I was convinced that I was the entitled one, the loved one, the cute one, the smart one…name your most desired response of others to your presence. Paul spent a whole… Read More

inheritance

All humankind inherited death from Adam as a consequence of sin. When you look at history, you see that conflicts of nations are also inherited. The whole situation between Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar led to generations of hatred between Jews and Arabs. We inherit blessings as well. DNA is only one way of leaving an… Read More

Growing to maturity

If you are a victim of abuse, you remain a victim until you choose to enter into the healing process–which includes forgiveness. When you choose to forgive your abuser(s), it releases the hold that the abuser(s) has over you. Your choice to forgive begins to remove the pain and scars they have left in your… Read More

The world is under God’s authority

Have you quit listening to the news because it makes you look at a bleak future in a world full of hate and suffering? And ramping up fear is a way to get more people watching and listening, great for the bottom line of radio and television stations.. If you are tired of fearing what… Read More

Gentle correction

Godly discipline allows children to please parents. It fits the punishment to the crime. Children come to understand cause and effect, sowing and reaping. Big crime gets a big punishment; little crime receives a little punishment. With abuse, punishment is arbitrary and often unfair, but Godly discipline distinguishes between a mistake and a deliberate sin. Or… Read More

Ephesians 3:11-13 He’s carrying me through my troubles.

When my circumstances stink, when I’m up against a wall, when I’m surrounded and the harder I try the deeper I sink, when I feel alone and abandoned, when others hurt me… God says, “Don’t be afraid; trust me. Boldly go out on the mission I laid out for you. I feel your pain–I’ve suffered… Read More

Ephesians 3:9-10 Chosen

Has God chosen you for a specific task? I’m in the grandma stage of my life, so I have a lot of years and choosings to look back at. I realize that God chose me for certain tasks at different stages in my life. It was only about ten years ago that I thought, “Aha.… Read More