The Discipline of Trauma

When I reflect back on so many traumatic events in my life, I recall the pain and hurt. In the middle of those events, sometimes I wondered what God was doing. Yet when I look at my life today, I know those events helped to shape who I am. My faith is deeper for having […]

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Do Gooders

It’s not hard to see the results of sin in the world. The news is filled with many of its consequences. Galatians 5:19-21 tells us: “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and […]

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Your Story of Faith

What is your story of faith? When we think of the people in the Bible like David and Moses, we know their story; how they struggled in life; their fervent prayers to God; their faithfulness even in distress; and their failures. We can read how they struggled yet remained true to God. Do people know […]

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Seeking God

Earthly gain is a powerful force that can draw us away from God. In the Old Testament, Solomon provides a good example. Initially he was devoted to God, serving as an example to others of living for God, but that did not last. His wealth was immense, so much so that silver was not considered […]

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Overtaken by Trauma

The wave of trauma rises up before me, towering higher and higher. I cannot stop it from crashing over me, engulfing me in a torrent of many waters. The current of grief whisks me away. I am helpless. I cannot stop its force. The suffering twists my body, embroiling me in a sea of grief. […]

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Seeking God’s Advice

He is overwhelmed by the task before him. Solomon has just become king and has consolidated the kingdom under his rule. When God appears to him in a dream, we learn about Solomon’s heart. God tests him by asking, “Ask what you wish Me to give you (1 Kings 3:5).” When we are overwhelmed by […]

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Worn Tent

The older I get, the weaker my body feels. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:1, our body is an earthly tent while we live in this world. Some days I can feel the worn canvas of my tent; the aged poles holding me up; the loose tent stakes that once secured me to the […]

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Weak and Not Persuasive

It’s not usually the way it works in this world. If someone is trying to build interest in a speaker, they would not say, “He’s weak, scared and not very persuasive.” Usually they use words like bold, dynamic and powerful — words that encourage you not to miss hearing the speaker. Words that point to […]

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Everlasting Love

There have been times in my life where I suffered deep sorrow; times of deep trauma; times when it seemed the grief and tears would not stop. Yet I can look back at these times and see God’s faithfulness. He did not abandon me. He was there every step of the way. I thought of […]

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Misjudged

They were jailed under false charges by men who cared more about money than anything else. Not just jailed, but beaten and locked in an inner prison with their feet fastened in stocks. There Paul and Silas sat, punished for something they did not do. When I am treated wrongly, falsely accused or harshly treated, […]

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