I was Finally Forced to Carry the Cross Too

I was Finally Forced to Carry the Cross Too

As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” Matthew 27:32

“Till death do us part.” Those were the words of a 19-year-old girl getting married to her high school sweetheart on August 30, 1980.

“YES,” I said. I can do that. I vowed to love and cherish in sickness and in health, not realizing that one day my marriage would actually die and I would be (more…)

Do We Value Our Elderly?

Do We Value Our Elderly?

In Biblical times, the elderly were crown jewels of the family. Grandparents and great-grandparents were greatly respected and sought out for their wisdom. In fact, Leviticus 19:32 parallels respecting the elderly and revering God.

You can’t really get any higher than that.

Ironically, in twenty-first century America, we don’t see that level of respect much, especially when an elderly person goes into a nursing home. Placement in a nursing home is often necessary, but ask any nursing home staff, and they will tell you many of their residents seldom have visitors. Imagine the atmosphere in a nursing home if friends and families (more…)

Costa Rican Zip-Line Adventures in Faith

Costa Rican Zip-Line Adventures in Faith

Our trip to Costa Rica is one we will never forget or regret. Mike and I were celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary, the most adventurous trip we had taken in our married lives. My first time out of the country, venturing into a land where English is not the primary language, I wasn’t sure how we would manage. I only remembered the words for water and bathroom from High School Spanish Class. I wasn’t sure how the language barrier would unfold. Little did I know, the language God intended me to speak was one of (more…)

Faith Is Not the Absence of Fear

Faith Is Not the Absence of Fear

Choosing Faith

Dr. Tony Evans has been quoted as saying: “Faith is acting like something is so even when it is not so in order that it might be so simply because God said so.”

In Hebrews 11, the author gives a list of people who simply believed God, even when it didn’t make sense to do so, and their great faith is celebrated. These lives were not unlike yours or mine. They were ordinary people, living ordinary lives accomplishing extraordinary (more…)

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