I get frequent updates on my Instagram feed from a friend of mine who splits her time between Uganda, and the United States. She’s an incredible photographer, and posts beautiful photos of her job working in a school surrounded by adorable children. I am both impressed and intimidated by her.
I click through the pictures and my heart sinks. The devastation left behind after a hurricane is hard to wrap your mind around, but I see it on their faces as they dig through the rubble of what was once their home.
There’s something so wonderful to about the invitation that David gives in Psalm 66:5 to “come and see. ” It’s an invitation to reflect and praise together as we remember the remarkable journey that God’s people have been on. .
There’s this thing happening over on our sister station KLRC this week called the Fall Fundraiser. Now, you’re probably familiar with Christian radio fundraisers, right? Less music, lots of talking.
I’m guilty of frequently under-dressing. In fact, if you ever see me in a shirt with buttons on it, you can thank my wonderful wife for lovingly suggesting that I put on a different shirt before I leave the house.
What keeps you up at night? Is it anxious thoughts about the future, or brooding about the past? Or maybe that conversation you keep replaying over and over? Whatever your thing is, you’re probably pretty well acquainted with that enemy.
1 Peter 3:15 says in part, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. ” In this passage, Peter exhorts us to always be ready to explain to others why Jesus is the source of our hope.
I sat across the table, listening to her tell her story. It sounded familiar. She was asking the same questions I had so many times, during what felt like a long season of singleness. Sometimes you just need to say the words out loud.
I’ve heard it said that the Bible reminds us 365 times not to fear – once for every day of the year. It turns out that’s not exactly true, but the point still stands. Scripture does indeed repeatedly exhort us, “Do not fear!”.
Verses like this perfectly illustrate to me why the word of God is depicted as a sword (Eph. 6:10-18): it can be a powerful tool in the fight against the enemy, but can also hurt when wielded without great care.