Throughout the psalms, King David often expressed seemingly contrasting sentiments of faith and doubt. Sometimes David proclaimed an unshakable assurance that God heard his prayers and would indeed work powerfully on his behalf, but at other times he retracted those statements, uttering more despairing notes of discouragement or fear. Sometimes David knew that God would … Continue reading Faith or doubt (or both)?
Have you ever watched people make one bad decision after another? Do you know anyone who seems to have an inherent knack for poor decision-making, always missing key moments or fumbling significant life transitions? Conversely, do you know anyone that always seems to get it right? Do you have people in your life who excel … Continue reading The peak-to-peak principle
In Luke 22:31, Jesus said to Simon Peter and the other disciples, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat (other translations say that Satan demanded to sift them).” When wheat is sifted it gets broken and separated. So, Jesus was telling His followers that a test was coming—led by Satan himself—with the potential to … Continue reading But I have prayed for you
When was the last time you read the little four-chapter, Old Testament book of Ruth? If it has been a while since you have read Ruth’s story, pick it up and read it again. You will find that it is a book for our times that speaks to us on multiple levels. However, before you … Continue reading The book of Ruth–a story for our times
A strange new sporting phenomenon has arisen in recent years wherein two opposing men square off across a table to engage in open-handed slap competitions. They take turns slapping each another in the face until one either yields or gets knocked out. It is a bizarre, unsettling sport to watch, but it can speak to … Continue reading Slapped silly