My heart: Afghanistan

I’ve personally witnessed beautiful worship by the underground persecuted church. It’s raw. It’s authentic. And I think it’s the closest I’ve come to experiencing heaven on earth. My experience probably has everything to do with my grief over what is happening in Afghanistan. While the country of Iran has the fastest growing church, Afghanistan isContinue reading “My heart: Afghanistan”

Confident of This

Times are hard. I know I’m not the only one confronted with challenges and suffering. Life is difficult right now for so many people, for so many reasons. Within the span of this last week, my precious 36 year old niece endured a double mastectomy and now faces the most difficult battle of her life.Continue reading “Confident of This”

The End

When someone visits my Facebook page, they get a glimpse of who I am. Posts are intentionally shared for the world to see and know of me. However, for those people I know who invite me to be their “friend,” they discover more of my identity. Some posts are intentionally withheld from the world, butContinue reading “The End”

The Thief of Joy

It’s the enemy of a contented life. It’s the thief of joy. It lies to us when it whispers that we must self-promote. It gives birth to envy, jealousy, anxiety and ambition. And no one has escaped it and its consequences. Comparison. Comparing oneself to others is always, always a losing proposition. Either it promotesContinue reading “The Thief of Joy”

“I Do”

He tried to prepare them. The sorrow filled separation that death brings was looming in the future. John 13 records Jesus saying, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will later follow. “ Peter responded by professing his unwavering allegiance. He answered, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will layContinue reading ““I Do””

Jump out of the boat!

I was asked to address a leadership team which met last weekend. As I was preparing, I was mentally heading one direction but then…I began reading John 21:1-14. Perfect timing because I could see crucial leadership requirements everywhere in this story. The disciples had already seen the resurrected Christ twice. They had experienced Him. ButContinue reading “Jump out of the boat!”

On the Path

I have so many questions. There are some theological issues that I struggle to fully understand. The paradox within the Bible leaves me flustered sometimes. I’ve wrestled with God when prayers seemed to be ignored. But I know…that I know…that I know…Jesus lives. I trust Him. I’ve decided to place my faith and hope inContinue reading “On the Path”

A Special Easter in Italy

He is victorious. The empty tomb declares that He is even victorious over death. The grave couldn’t hold Him. The resurrection of Christ was not disputable then because there were too many eye witnesses. And it remains indisputable today by those who call Jesus their King. This truth sits as a foundation of our faith.Continue reading “A Special Easter in Italy”

Finished

Crosses. We hang them on our walls. We wear them on necklaces. We display them on end tables. Yet as beautiful as we think they are, the word cruel cannot adequately describe the brutality of death on a cross. It was barbaric. The physical agony that Jesus endured on the cross is unimaginable. I watchedContinue reading “Finished”

My King

It’s the perfect time, with Easter approaching and in light of our political climate, to be pondering John 18: 28-37. Jesus was arrested by Jewish religious leaders because they wanted Him executed. The problem was that they did not have the power to do so. So they brought Him to Pilate, the Roman governor, withContinue reading “My King”