Furnace People Understand Suffering

“I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.   Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.“ Isaiah 48:10 “Once we have come through the ‘furnace of humiliation,’ desperately, fearfully clinging to Christ for all He is worth, then we are fully equipped to march into somebody else’s furnace.” ‘Blessed with Bipolar” […]

Restore the Sparkle: Psalm 13

For the choir director: A psalm of David. 1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?     How long will you look the other way? 2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,     with sorrow in my heart every day?     How long will my enemy have the upper hand? 3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my […]

The Mangled Earrings of Joni Eareckson Tada

A great lesson from Joni Eareckson Tada, I once admired the earrings my friend, Ann, was wearing – they were square, smooth, flat, and made of gold. When I remarked how beautiful they were, she replied, “They’re yours!” Ann then proceeded to take them off and put them on my ears! Humbled by her gift, […]

Martyrs in America? Maybe

Believers must reconsider the issues of being salt and light in our flourishing pagan culture. For instance, the Church has tried hundreds of approaches in evangelism, and I know of several first-hand. I’m afraid that most of them are rather stale. Sorry. Sometime ago, someone suggested that I see,  The Passion of The Christ directed by […]