fighting bitterness with beauty, god's majesty, theology

Fighting Bitterness With Beauty

Some seasons of life are filled with exuberant jubilation; each day provides exciting opportunities and the Lord seems to grant every request. Then there are times where it feels like nothing goes right, prayers appear to go unanswered, and evil seems to prevail. The never-ending tsunami of bad news is suffocating, and time stands still in the situations you just want to escape. You feel … Continue reading Fighting Bitterness With Beauty

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth, reformed

Growing in Grace- Links 12/28

From the blog this week- Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem What is the Rapture? “My understanding of the New Testament is that Jesus promised he would return, and that in this returning, he would do a final rescue for those who are trusting him and a final judgment for those who are not believing in him. I don’t think there are two comings … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/28

Light pierced the darkness, Christmas, Poetry

Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem

My bitter heart grows heavy, another unanswered prayer, How long O Lord, until you answer And rid the body of this cancer, No, this isn’t fair! My pleas just hit the ceiling, silence fills the air, Now my pain the great enhancer, Taking joy, no more a dancer, How much do you care? Christmas a reminder, The promises you kept, Light has pierced the darkness. … Continue reading Light Has Pierced the Darkness: A Poem

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth, reformed

Growing in Grace- Links 12/21

From the blog this week: Lasting Joy Among The Waves The Number 1 Reason for Decline in Church Attendance “Few people will argue that church attendance in many churches in America is declining. Our own research indicates that the majority of churches in our country are not growing.” What Does it Mean to be Led by the Holy Spirit? “But if we rely solely upon … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/21

Joy among the waves, trusting the Lord, Promises to David, Psalm 132

Lasting Joy Among The Waves

The sun provided the perfect counter-balance to the cold ocean waves washing the sand off my feet. From where I stood, there seemed to be an endless supply of water that stretched until meeting the blue sky in the distance. To my left, kids with boogie boards were laughing while trying to catch waves. The air was a mixed fragrance of salt and sunscreen. I … Continue reading Lasting Joy Among The Waves

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth, reformed

Growing in Grace- Links 12/15

From the blog this week: To The Brokenhearted Should Christians Demand That People Say ‘Merry Christmas’? “In our cultural moment, we should recognize the benefit of our nation’s fading allegiance to nominal Christianity. Now, more than ever, saying ‘Merry Christmas’ means something.” J.D Greear on How the Bible Talks About Hell “Would the existence of metaphorical language imply that hell is somehow less terrible than … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/15

Brokenhearted, Struggling this Christmas, Hope in God, Wait on the Lord, Renewed Strength like Eagles

To The Brokenhearted…

God has ingrained in us a desire for authentic and meaningful relationships. It’s therefore no surprise that we find great joy in living life deeply with those in our family, church and community. In these relationships we enjoy lots of laughs, make lots of memories, and always have a story to tell. No doubt, the deeper we love, the more we enjoy one another. But, … Continue reading To The Brokenhearted…

Growing in Grace, Links from around the web, Blogs that encourage spiritual growth, reformed

Growing in Grace- Links 12/7

From the blog this week: The Fall of Man You Become What You Trust “These days, our idols look a bit nobler—a spouse, children, happiness, comfort, health—but they enslave us just like the idols of old.” 8 Years and $550 Million: A Pro-life Political Failure “This past year, the first in which Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and Presidency, Planned Parenthood’s haul of tax payer’s … Continue reading Growing in Grace- Links 12/7

The Fall of Man

Brokenness is all around us. It doesn’t matter your political views or your religious beliefs, everyone can see that something is wrong. Murder, hate, envy, jealousy, and oppression continue to be prevalent. Everyone seems to be chasing happiness and fulfillment yet even the most ‘successful’ can’t seem to find it. Hopelessness abounds and suicide rates are on the increase. What happened to God’s good creation? … Continue reading The Fall of Man