When Brutality Smashes Into Grace

“Or God disciplines people with pain on their sickbeds, with ceaseless aching in their bones.”  Job 33:19, NLT “Don’t waste your pain; use it to help others.  Your greatest ministry will most likely come out of your greatest hurt.”  Rick Warren There really is not anything I can say about your pain that will makeContinue reading “When Brutality Smashes Into Grace”

Working God’s Night Shift

A song for going up to worship. 134 “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord,     you who serve at night in the Temple of the Lord. 2 Raise your hands in the Temple     and praise the Lord. 3 May the Lord bless you from Mount Zion,     he who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 134, NCV This remarkable Psalm is part ofContinue reading “Working God’s Night Shift”

My ‘Agape’ Jalopy

“Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives. ”  — Michael Yaconelli Accepting ourselves is a lifelong process. WeContinue reading “My ‘Agape’ Jalopy”

Disciples Who Can Stay Afloat

22 “Immediately Jesus told his followers to get into the boat and go ahead of him across the lake. He stayed there to send the people home.23 After he had sent them away, he went by himself up into the hills to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone.24 By this time, theContinue reading “Disciples Who Can Stay Afloat”