“But I Do It Anyway”

“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t wantContinue reading ““But I Do It Anyway””

Alterations (Bring it On!)

“So Naomi and Ruth went on until they came to the town of Bethlehem. When they entered Bethlehem, all the people became very excited. The women of the town said, “Is this really Naomi?” “Naomi answered the people, “Don’t call me Naomi. Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very sad.” “WhenContinue reading “Alterations (Bring it On!)”

The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2

 “Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.”   John of Kronstadt Part 1 of this post highlighted how God can bring good out of a long struggle with a sin, weakness, and/or problem by helping the Christian make the transition from putting their faith in formulas (e.g.,Continue reading “The Blessings of a Long Battle, part 2”

A Retrograde Faith

ret·ro·grade   [re-truh greyd]  (ret·ro·grad·ed, ret·ro·grad·ing.) adjective 1. moving backward; having a backward motion or direction; retiring or retreating. 2. inverse or reversed, as order. 3. Chiefly Biology. exhibiting degeneration or deterioration. * Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 16 Jul. 2013. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/retrograde>. % * 24 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.” –Jeremiah 7:24, NLT * I seldom seekContinue reading “A Retrograde Faith”