The Awful Pain of Job

“Oh, why give light to those in misery,     and life to those who are bitter? 21 They long for death, and it won’t come.     They search for death more eagerly than for hidden treasure. 22 They’re filled with joy when they finally die,     and rejoice when they find the grave. 23 Why is life given to those with […]

Meeting Samson

The story of Samson (Judges 13-16) is painful. It ranks as one of the saddest tales in Biblical history, and reading it through again only frustrates me. Have you ever seen a piece of fraying cloth. Threads have worked loose and the edges no longer hold together. The mid section maybe fine, but hem is […]

Jealous?

“For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Deut. 4:25, NKJV There is a distinct difference between sinful jealousy and godly jealousy. Sinful jealousy is comprised of the desire to possess something that doesn’t belong to you. It is the inclination of ownership to a thing (or person) that you don’t actually have– someone else […]

A Cup of Cold Water in Jesus’ Name— by Jonathan Coe

Not everyone who is wounded is a wounded healer. Put another way, it’s possible to be wounded and suffer significant loss and not use that wound to minister healing to others. Much of this is related to how we go through the grieving process associated with our wound and loss. I learned this when I went through […]