Order in His Courts: Silencing Women?

As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church. 1Corinthians 14:33b-35 Whew! That's a tough passage. It stirs up a lot of … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Say About Peace?

"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." The song has a lovely, lyrical┬átune. One of those that tends to stay in your head for a while. It expresses an appealing sentiment, too. One that seems noble. Admirable. Godly, even. Especially in these days of social media (and regular media) gone wild. Too bad it's based on a lie. You see, the lyrics go … [Read more...]

Abiding in the Vine

Ah, the good old summertime! Which, sadly, is rapidly drawing to a close. Summertime brings with it a lot of simple pleasures- a more relaxed schedule, vacations, family reunions, pool parties, and barbecues. But one of the simplest pleasures my husband and I enjoy during the summer is stopping at produce stands to stock up on locally grown fruits and veggies. In our area, … [Read more...]

How to Overcome Evil With Good + Grace & Truth {Week 24}

We unquestionably live in an evil world. It taints our relationships and it terrorizes our world. So what is a Christ-follower to do? God has something to say about this. "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21) This is one of those verses that rolls off the tongue rather easily, but what does it mean? How can I achieve this seemingly … [Read more...]

When God Says Wait – 10 Prayers While You’re Waiting

Has God ever asked you to wait? You know what I mean, right? You're trucking along your merry way, and He abruptly┬ábrings you to a crashing halt. Yeah. I've been there, too. Just about three years ago, we began to sense God calling us to be foster parents. So we spent the required number of weeks in training and then waited for the phone call letting us know needy … [Read more...]