The devil is real. We all “kind-of” know that… but, truth be told, we often aren’t really sure what that actually means… or how to deal with it.  Some of us may not really want to think about it all that much, because we’re afraid… or confused… or […]

“Not now, sweetie, I’m busy.” “Go ask mom.” “I can’t.  I’m going to the mall with Julia tomorrow.” “I’d rather go to the movies.” “What did you say?  I wasn’t listening.” It hurts when those we love are too busy for us.  It doesn’t just hurt; it breaks […]

Where does joy come from? Something that gets whole groups of Christians spinning in circles is the question of happiness.  I have friends who get weird looks and comments from strangers in public because they’re just “too happy.”  It often comes up in many churches that Christians should […]

Does it feel kind of like we’re back at square one?  Fear involves punishment, so we should not be afraid if we love God, but Jesus Himself said that we should fear God because of… punishment?   Sometimes it is so easy for us to take things apart […]

  As I was half asleep today, my mind began racing, filling with heart-wrenching scenes of utter depravity and hopelessness which I have observed as we have traversed the continent. Hollow eyes, desperate faces, bodies marred by sin. Many kids see the idols of music and film living […]

by Stephanie H. Spare no Expense. Exodus chapter twenty-six describes the construction of the tabernacle.  The first instruction is to make ten curtains of fine linen, in blue, purple, and red (the most expensive colors to make in those days), with designs of cherubim on them, all made […]

  It’s that time of year again: SPRING! Unless you’re in Canada (where there is still snow floating around), hopefully you are seeing blossoms peek through the ground and cheerful little birds popping around on the treetops. I live in an area that’s nestled in the Blue Ridge […]

It happened again this week – a childhood friend had enough of life, and ended his. It wasn’t the first time it has happened with those I have known. But it doesn’t get less painful, or less heartbreaking…and distance of friendship over time doesn’t change a thing. It’s […]

  Surrounded, it seems, on every side – The darkness presses in Grabbing with its wiry arms Enticing me to sin.   How can I stand against it When it leers from every store, From every window, every shelf, And lurks ’round every door?   Surrounded? Yes, but […]