Seeing God when your circumstances don't make sense.
I have a hard time functioning if things aren’t “just so.” Trouble is — as a pastor’s wife, church staffer, mom and homeschooler – I haven’t seen “just so” since 1995. Even after all these years, I still find it difficult to rest — difficult to love — difficult to have peace when things are...
to be a christian parent.
If you want to be a good parent, there are many virtues you can pass on to your kids: scholarship, sportsmanship, citizenship, friendship, ownership, leadership. If you want to be a Christian parent, there’s only one thing that will do: Discipleship. It’s easier to try to schedule kids into shape than it is to...
Impossible
Paul has been climbing down a mountain for us. In chapter one of his letter to the church in Colossae, the apostle starts at the summit, unfolding the supremacy of Christ and His unimaginable sacrifice on our behalf. He treks downward through chapter two, shining the implications of this good news — the gospel...
Submission
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord (Colossians 3:18). Two weeks ago, my father-in-law died. My husband sat by his bed at the end. He patiently measured the final breaths of a man who, for much of his life, had breathed out only cruelty and infidelity and heartache. He kept...
Sunset on the mountain
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). Whatever you do. Everything in the name. These words have the power to change our days, but we must first understand both what it means and how we do it. Doing things...
Worship
On the day called Sunday there is a gathering together in the same place of all who live in a given city or rural district. The memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then when the reader ceases, the president in a discourse admonishes...