“O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.”Psalm 130:7 Hope is often discussed, yet just as often underappreciated. We preach it and sing about it. But we don’t usually realize it’s power and our need for it when times are good. Comfort tends … Continue reading The Thrill of Hope: What Produces Hope? And What Does Hope Produce?
“Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.”Psalm 119:133 In Psalm 119, the Psalmist prays, “Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133) Dictionary.com defines “dominion” as: the power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority.rule; … Continue reading The Grip of Sin or The Grace of the Savior: Who Has Dominion?
My family and I are heading up to northern Minnesota on Saturday for a week-long vacation. The past few weeks I’ve tried to think through what it means to rest well on vacation. Here are five thoughts to help me (and maybe you) honor God by resting well on vacation. Actually Rest From Your Work … Continue reading Believe and Rest: Five Thoughts On Resting Well On Vacation
And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.Colossians 1:17 Tim Keller says, "We can, and should, live our lives and order our memories not only historically but theologically - not simply recollecting what happened, or what we did, but searching out what God was doing. This keeps us from over-honoring … Continue reading Don’t Sleep on God’s Sovereignty
The Bible amazes me with its perfect timing and the infinite ways it brings comfort, conviction, and truth right when it’s needed – even with the seemingly minutest of details. One of my favorite examples of this happened a couple school years ago when I was helping my daughter Kayla practice her spelling words. She … Continue reading Comfort Even for Left Handers
God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.Numbers 23:22 “Why do you always take her side!” As a dad with more than one kid, I hear this from both my daughters from time to time. When fights start, they want dad on their side. When they … Continue reading Like the Horns of the Wild Ox
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:2 Genesis 2 showcases the abundant love that God poured out on Adam. Along with the breath of life, God provided the garden as a home (2:8). He provided plentiful good food (2:9). He gave Adam the meaningful work … Continue reading No Good Apart from God
“Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?”Isaiah 55:2 Cool Ranch Doritos and Hot Tamales. These are my two favorite junk foods. I could eat them all day, every day. They taste amazing, but I know they have no nutritional value. If … Continue reading Bible Sprinkles
During the eight years we lived in Pierre, SD, one of the things that captivated us about the area was the beauty of the Missouri River. Whenever we drove back to Pierre from visiting family in Minnesota, we were excited when the long, flat, five-hour drive was finally interrupted by beautiful rolling hills and the … Continue reading From Drought to Flood
That the God of all creation is wrathful doesn’t make it on to many bumper stickers, coffee mugs, or inspirational social media posts. You don’t find Romans 12:19, John 3:36, or Nahum 1:2 on decorative signs in boutique stores or hanging on a Christian family’s kitchen wall. Some Christians are offended by the idea of … Continue reading Don’t Be Offended – God’s Wrath on Good Friday