The Gift(?) of COVID-19

COVID-19 has brought a host of challenges. Can God—has God—hidden treasure in the chaos? Isolation. Disruption. A shift to online everything. Financial and employment changes. Lots of family time for some or, in the case of our locked-down senior adults, no time at all. Treasure? Ecclesiastes 5:19 says, “when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the…
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Know Before You Go

“Be still, and know that I am God; . . .” Psalm 46:10a (NIV) Just the facts. That’s what I want. For God to spell it out, step by step, where to go, what to do, with whom, the end result, and all the whys behind it tied neatly with a bow. God, instead, puts…
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You are chosen. Not like kids picking sides for kickball at recess. Chosen by His good pleasure. Like it or not, God is selective. Ephesians 1:4-5 (NIV) tells us about our choosing, “For he [God] chose us in him [Christ] before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his [God’s] sight.…
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Abide: Spiritual Staying Power

Abide. What does that word mean to you? Merriam-Webster defines abide as: To accept or bear To stay or live somewhere To remain or continue Stay with me, because it was the synonyms and antonyms that caught my attention. Synonyms: stay, dwell, hang around, remain, stick around, tarry Antonyms: bail, bail out, bug out, buzz…
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