Being Thankful. Seriously?

We may have also heard people sarcastically saying “thanks a lot” when something bad happens in their life. Somehow, it seems intuitive to be thankful when things are going our way. But where is God when they’re not going our way? Are we supposed to be thankful when things are tough? Read the rest of this entry »

The Most Horrifying Words Ever Spoken

Imagine the absolute horror of hearing the Lord Jesus say  “go away from Me, you have worked on the side of evil.” Imagine hearing that as a person who has been in church every time the doors were opened their entire life, sung in the choir, gone on mission trips, tithed, and done many wonderful things. Yet, there had been no relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

Deep Holes, Strong Currents, Slippery Rocks and a Really Short Prayer

Labor Day Weekend is when many families take one last trip to the beach before the school year begins. Most beach goers are familiar with the signs on some beaches that warn of unseen hazards such as deep holes, dangerous currents, and slippery rocks.   These are perils of nature which lie invisible beneath the surface. One can be standing in perfectly calm water and be one step away from an unseen hazard that can quickly end in disaster.   Read the rest of this entry »

If Nothing Separates Me From God, Why Does He Seem So Distant?

There are many reasons why God can seem distant. In the classic devotional “My Utmost for His Highest,” Oswald Chambers writes much about God’s silence. But where do we turn when we cannot sense His presence? When we pray and know that our prayers are bouncing off of the ceiling? When the darkness is so intense that we even doubt our salvation? Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Fourth of July

One of Jay Leno’s most popular segments on the “Tonight Show” was called “Jaywalking.” Jay would interview random people on the street and ask about popular topics. The answers were often hilarious. Imagine such an interview today asking the question “What does the Fourth of July mean to you?” Read the rest of this entry »

Tennis, Anyone?

Tennis is one of the most popular international sports of all time. Modern tennis using rackets, a court, and net dates back to 16th century England under King Henry VIII. The two common forms of the sport are singles and doubles. In singles, there are two opponents, one on either side of the net. The simple strategy is to hit the ball as far from your opponent as possible, while still being in bounds. Read the rest of this entry »