You Belong (Part 4 of 4)

You belong.  Yes, you.  No membership fees. No sorority rush. No skills needed. You’re in. Often I forget the community of the worldwide Church in the pursuit of personal discipleship. While throughout Scripture, the Jews have always had a national mindset, Peter extends that thinking to his Gentile brothers and sisters.  But you are a…
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Divide and Conquer: Why the Enemy Hates Unity

God places a high value on unity. Unity in families. Unity in marriage. Unity in the church. Is it any wonder the enemy destroys unity wherever he can? That families, marriages, and the church are constantly under attack? Matthew wrote, “Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, ‘Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and…
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Dethroning the Drama Kings and Queens

Drama: A state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces (Merriam-Webster). I enjoy drama in film or literature, but I can do without it on a personal level. Though some thrive on it (reality TV?), drama does serious damage to unity. And unity is something I pray for regularly. Strong…
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Sibling Rivalry and the Church

My sister is my parents’ favorite. Not ready for parenthood when I arrived, seven years later they were more settled. Amy, whose name means “beloved,” was welcomed with open arms. Yet, when the two of us talk, she says I was the favorite. Comparison is a killer especially between siblings. Sadly, we see it in…
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