Choosing God over the counterfeit

choosing God over the counterfeit

There’s this story in the Bible about the earliest years of the people of Israel. They had the World-Maker protecting them, providing for them; they were recovering from their past as slaves, thriving and conquering. They had walked through a split sea and seen God come to guide them as a pillar of fire, had […]

Paul’s struggle with sin and his answer to it

St. Paul writing a letter to the Romans

The apostle Paul wrote one of the most important letters the world has ever seen – the letter to the Christians in Rome. It’s the pinnacle of his theological reflections. Over the centuries, God has used it to change millions of lives. So, it’s somewhat surprising to find a very painful and personal confession right […]

If we believe that the image of God is in every person…

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

“I went to India to work with women and children who were trafficked into sex slavery. Most of these women were Nepalese and ended up working as forced prostitutes in India’s famous red-light districts. Their children were literally born into brothels and knew nothing of life except violence, rape and hunger. Although I wasn’t able […]

The message of this world is that you are not happy

this world is all about us

“Here’s something I want to expose as much as I can. What you are being pelted with all day long is your own unhappiness. Did you know about that? Everybody trying to get you to buy their product is selling to you that you’re not happy. Every image you see on a magazine, every commercial, […]

I, YOUR GOD, AM DISAPPOINTED IN YOU

therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1

You messed up again didn’t you? Even after you promised you wouldn’t? Even after you said this time would be different? You fell again! I’m disappointed. I am your God and I am disappointed in you. You said you’d obey me this time. You said you’d be more loving. You said you’d be stronger. You […]

My struggle with sexuality – and the power of love

Love changes everything “My earliest memories of my Christian upbringing include morning family prayers, going to church on Sundays, attending Sunday school and taking part in VBS. In all of this, however, I also recall that I felt a distinct sense of “otherness” within me. No matter how much I tried to belong, whether it was […]

When he achieved success

Hard work always pays off. If you want to achieve success, you have got to put in the effort. The young man knew it as he knelt down to pray. He had worked hard over the years, putting in the required effort, and now – success was at hand. It had been a couple of […]

I remember all that you have done for me

Lord, I remember all that You have done for me. I was alone, and You were there for me. You were my provider when I was in need. When I wept, You were there by my side, comforting me. When I was weak, You lifted me up When I was afraid, You told me not […]

Peeling the layers

Ever since I decided I believed in Jesus and relinquished control of ‘my plan,’ I struggled with the fear that God wasn’t for me. I thought if I went in the wrong direction, then God would abandon me. I thought if I said the wrong stuff, then God would give up on me. Sometimes I […]

Dealing with trolls in your life

We actually build castles all the time, out of our jobs and our families and the things we’ve purchased. Sometimes we even make them out of each other. Some of these castles are impressive too. Lots of people come to  admire what we’ve built over the course of our lives and tell us what great […]