Grace Upon Grace

The artistic flair of washable marker was evidence that he'd been there. I followed the evidence over the wall and behind the door. Hearing the sshh-ing from the closet, I found the culprits. This was the pinnacle of a not-so-great day. It started off well enough and then slipped into chaos faster than lightening strikes the ground. Fights erupted. Retaliations … [Read more...]

Why You Don’t Need to Forgive Yourself (and What You Really Need Instead)

Some Christians have walked with the Lord practically all their lives, coming to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior as young children and clinging closely to Him from that point onward. For the majority, however, that isn't the case. Most believers have a blemished history. A past marked by varying degrees of wickedness, often including at least one particularly … [Read more...]

Taking Offense

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense. Proverbs 19:11 Have you ever noticed how easily people get offended these days? We have to watch what we say, wear, and display. We have to be careful about how (or if) we express our political and religious views. A mere, "you look nice today" can be the beginning of a lawsuit. Even as … [Read more...]

Why Josh Duggar is NORMAL

Picture courtesy of: money.cnn.com  "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" There is no exception.  The heart, whether male or female, is wicked.  God does not rank sin on a hierarchical ladder.  Humans do, but God doesn't.  James 4:17 clearly states, "Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins."  Based on … [Read more...]

4 Truths Christians Need to Own

There is a trend in Christian circles and hearing it makes me shudder.  It is the trend of self-shaming, and is often masqueraded within the use of Scripture. Shame is bad enough but even more so when we heap it upon ourselves. We see or hear it when Christians say things like these: "I'm not worth forgiveness. I still struggle with this sin." "I'm not as godly or … [Read more...]