Sometimes life sucks. I’m not talking about debilitating illness or tragic losses or accidents that complicate life and strain finances or betrayals of loyalty and love that hit us like a freight train with sadness and weight. These are the kind of things that are more than painful. They are frightening. And they are soul … More Loving Through Hurt
From the first sentence to last there is enough in this one paragraph to meditate for a month. (The capitalization and color emphasis is mine.) “Let us make crystal clear at the beginning of each new day, all we will get from God as believers in Jesus is MERCY. Whatever pleasures or pains may come … More One Powerful Paragraph Saturated with Christ and Gospel Truth
Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Indisputable facts: When biological men are called women because they “identify as female” When biological women are called men because they “identify as male” When men … More Living Under a Prophetic “Woe”
[Picture credits at the end.] Sometimes, we only learn of His care through the times of trauma and pain. I don’t know why this is I just know that it is. It is not a story of which Christians down through the ages have been unaware. C.S. Lewis put it this way: “Pain insists upon … More Pain and Sorrow and there Effect Under Christ
I have been rereading my collection of C.S. Lewis books. At present, Letters to an American Lady is dominating my thoughts. The book is remarkable in so many ways not the least of which is Lewis’ longsuffering patience with a woman who seems to have no end to her physical maladies and complaints about life. … More Shut Up — God Wants to Talk!
My beautiful bride wrote this one. I am going to cross-post it at two other locations on the BLOG. January 13, 2021 “Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might. . . . For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against … More New Schoenleber Family Update
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but … More Do Missionaries Deserve Our Support?
“We are the colorful ones.” (Keith Green) Our lives, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, are the only Jesus people will see or hear. Keith Green understood that. He knew that the people were always watching us to see if there was any consistency between what we proclaimed and how we … More Our Lives are Windows
Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.” I’m reading through the book of Genesis again. This time in an older Bible with long forgotten notes from perhaps 20 years ago peppering the margins. In Genesis 24:50, I found 9 words written in … More Obedience and a Loving Heart
Previous generations prayed better than ours. They had a higher reverence for God, for Christ and the Bible than ours. They had better habits of personal devotion and were far more studious in their approach to the spiritual topics. And maybe that is why this prayer spoke so powerfully to my heart. May God use … More Learning How to Pray Again