Spiritual Journey

Childhood Longings

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

In Muskegon, MI with my sister & her husband who live in the home I grew up in. As I sit in my childhood bedroom, memories come flooding in. Down the road is the home of my Child Evangelism teacher. She’s long gone, but her flannel graph Bible stories seeded my young heart with spiritual hunger. I remember saying, “Some day I want to know a God like the people in her stories did.” Now at 77 yrs., I ask myself: Did the longings of my youth get fulfilled? Have I encountered a living God of power who loves me? Do I know His voice? Does He answer my prayers? Does He know my...

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What Makes Your Countenance Fall?

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Forgiveness, Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

What Makes Your Countenance Fall?

In the story of Cain and Abel, the Lord was pleased with Abel’s offering of a sacrificial lamb, but he rejected Cain’s offering of fruit from his garden. Why? Because Cain had not followed the Lord’s instruction about how to resolve sin: a blood sacrifice, a sacrificial lamb. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:5b-7). Cain...

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How Do You Respond When Offended?

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Forgiveness, Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

How Do You Respond When Offended?

When someone offends you, deliberately or ignorantly, what do you do? How do you balance the scales of justice, when you feel like you just got whacked? How do you get the debt created by someone’s sin or transgression paid down? Here are three ways many of us try. 1. Sweep it under the rug method? We sweep the offense under the rug. We try to forget it by pretending it never happened—until such a time as the wound created by the offender’s sin is reactivated and the repressed anger, pain and hurt come pouring out of it. 2. “I’m sorry” method? If the person who offended you says, “I’m...

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An Eye for an Eye

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Forgiveness, Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

An Eye for an Eye

The desire to punish people who unjustly hurt or offend us seems very natural and reasonable to us. You hurt me; I must hurt you back. The Bible refers to this as the “eye for an eye” method. “If man injures his neighbor … so it shall be done to him: … eye for eye, tooth for tooth; just as he has injured a man, so it shall be inflicted on him ….” (Leviticus 24:19-20) It is part of our intrinsic nature to require retribution for the wrongs we suffer. This natural response is rooted in the inherent legality of God’s created universe. Legality of God’s universe The...

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The Power of Love

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Relationships, Spiritual Journey | 0 comments

The Power of Love

Love is key in creating a life-giving atmosphere in our homes and churches. Love is a powerful force that can open closed hearts. The Bible tells us that ultimately love is all important; it is everything. Yet we continue to have a poverty of love in our nation, our homes, churches, and institutions. I have seen my own poverty too. I did not know how to love, how to take in love, or how to give love. During the years of my son’s illness I learned to know something about love—the love of others and the love of God. As I walked into church one Sunday a woman came up to me and said, “I...

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David’s Surrender

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Led By The Spirit, Spiritual Journey | 6 comments

David’s Surrender

Here is a transcript of what I shared in our Lexington Women’s Aglow meeting in 1980, just after we returned home from burying our son. It is good to be home with you. But I want you to know that our God is a God of victory. Our God reigns today! Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we need to fear no evil. I can tell you this today because I have lived it. Our God does reign. He’s mighty, Hallelujah! He’s a God filled with love for us. That’s what I have in my heart I would like to share with you this morning: the love of God. St. Paul prayed for the church that we...

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