God Gives Strength, but We Don’t Always Notice.

It’s back again, as it custom every few weeks or so. The headaches. The muscle and joint aches and extreme fatigue. The nausea and appetite loss. The insomnia. The chest pain and arrhythmia. It’s the natural result of taking on too much, and taking on too much is my lot in life, it seems. GodContinue reading “God Gives Strength, but We Don’t Always Notice.”

Praying for the Right Kind of Strength

Have you ever prayed for supernatural strength in some form? Maybe you want the strength of God to overcome an illness or some other form of physical ailment. Maybe you want to have the ability to work hard without feeling exhaustion. Maybe you want to find the strength to find a solution to a lifeContinue reading “Praying for the Right Kind of Strength”

The 7 Churches of Revelation: Smyrna

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogueContinue reading “The 7 Churches of Revelation: Smyrna”

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake: Part 2

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. 23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the likeContinue reading “Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake: Part 2”

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake: Part 1

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecutedContinue reading “Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake: Part 1”

Can Christians Be Victims?

Blessed are you. That’s something Jesus said a lot. Blessed are the poor. Blessed are those who mourn. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Blessed are you when men revile you, persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be glad! Great is yourContinue reading “Can Christians Be Victims?”

No Fear in Love

I’ve been thinking today about the things I am afraid of. I am afraid of betrayal. I am afraid of being misunderstood, slandered, and accused. I am afraid of the words I write being misused, either as a tool against myself or others. I am afraid of being taken advantage of until there is nothingContinue reading “No Fear in Love”

Chastisement and Suffering (Complete Series)

Part 1: Introduction Do Christians experience chastisement from God? What about suffering? There are different ideas about these topics, and I expect these ideas to come up in the future, so I think it is worth looking into. There are multiple perspectives and teachings about the chastisement of God and suffering in the life ofContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering (Complete Series)”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts

In this article I want to address some of the ideas mentioned in Part 1 of this series that I forgot to elaborate on. Should Christians feel shame? Is the feeling of shame a form of chastisement from God? A Christian might experience some form of shame before turning to Jesus, but once we haveContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 4: Final Thoughts”

Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?

Suffering is not easy to think about, so it is understandable that many would shy away from the topic. Even so, we all suffer. This life is full of difficulties. Rather than denying the reality of Christian suffering, we should consider suffering as an expected part of Christian life. In so doing, we can findContinue reading “Chastisement and Suffering Part 3: Should Christians Expect Suffering?”