When life gives you valleys

“For you, O God, have tested us;     you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net;     you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads;     we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance” (PsalmContinue reading “When life gives you valleys”

Apologetics 101

If theism (God exists) is a blue pair of glasses, atheism (There is no God) is a red pair, and pantheism (God equals the universe) is purple; how do we, who are seeing the color blue, explain the color blue to someone who can only see red?  Well, in the end, God himself has toContinue reading “Apologetics 101”

Finding self-worth in a world of emptiness

I love to please people. I work hard to achieve things – stupid, meaningless things or accomplishments that I think people will love me for . . . Only to wind up feeling empty.   I grew up with a brilliant older brother who is a CPA certified accountant. For some reason, I always believed, noContinue reading “Finding self-worth in a world of emptiness”

Escaping the whirlpool of worry

If you are anything like me, you worry about what you cannot control. You worry about things out of your reach. You worry about the unknown future, what tomorrow will bring, and sometimes, it becomes a tidal wave of turbulence that tends to knock your breath away. Have you ever been caught in a riptide?Continue reading “Escaping the whirlpool of worry”

Surviving a spiritual desert

Sometimes life can be completely and utterly exhausting. I’m talking stress from work, family, or money issues to being mentally spent or physically tired.  Sometimes, life can seem like one day floats into another one… especially when we are all stuck at home all day waiting for the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It canContinue reading “Surviving a spiritual desert”

On the altar of love

Easter may have looked different this year – yes. Virtual services, maybe a small family gathering for lunch depending on the level of lockdown your county or state is under and definitely no wide-scale egg hunt. But maybe… Easter was more intimate. You were able to share a special time with your immediate family andContinue reading “On the altar of love”

Breaking point

It’s to that point. You know what that point is for you. Some of us have been stuck at home for several weeks… Maybe the house feels crowded or maybe it feels lonely. Maybe we miss our friends. Our “normal” routines. Our “normal” lives. I’ve seen countless memes on Facebook and Instagram about the quarantineContinue reading “Breaking point”

Is the resurrection of Jesus real?

At the stores, Easter appears to be the celebration of a big, fluffy bunny that leaves behind eggs filled with sweets.  But Christians market Easter differently. It is the day we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, one of the most important parts of Christianity.  If Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, ChristianityContinue reading “Is the resurrection of Jesus real?”

On the verge of explosion

In the old days of mining, the miners took a canary bird down with them while they worked. This bird would normally tweet and sing, but when it stopped singing, the miners would evacuate because the bird could detect danger gases before humans could.  I used to love to sing.  I would sing in theContinue reading “On the verge of explosion”