I don’t know that I should still be in church. Now obviously that statement needs some explanation, so let me tell you my story. I grew up the son of a preacher. (Sorry if that song is now stuck in your head.) For a little over a decade my dad stepped out of ministry andContinue reading “Why I’m Not Leaving The Church”
I am working on a resource to help people who have gone through hurt and suffering that encourages and equips them to not abandon the church. Often people experience hurt in the church and walk away from the church and their faith. I know how instrumental the church has been in my healing process andContinue reading “How Has The Church Been Instrumental In Your Healing Process?”
It’s funny how intentional we can be about a lot of different things. Intentional with our time, intentional with what we watch, intentional with what we eat. We are intentional about being intentional. But oftentimes we aren’t intentional about what goes on inside our heads. We just assume if a thought is in our mindContinue reading “Let’s Be Intentional About Our Thinking”
Have you ever felt lonely as a pastor’s wife? Have you ever wished for a friend you can be around and be able to take off the “pastor’s wife” hat? Reading through Jani Ortlund’s new book, “Help! I’m Married to My Pastor”, I felt like I was sitting down having coffee with that friend. HerContinue reading “Help! I’m Married To My Pastor: A Book Review”
Have you ever read something in Scripture that made you raise an eyebrow and think, “what in the world did I just read?” In the verses we are going to look at this morning, Peter is going to show us how we can thrive in three specific relationships while we are suffering. On the surface, thisContinue reading “Our Thriving In Relationships”
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Initially I wanted to make this two separate posts. But the more I looked at it, the more I realized our thanksgiving to God is tied to our worship of God. Nearly all of the Psalms that thank God wind up worshipping God. Psalm 95:2 pretty much nails it on the head. Psalm 95:2 LetContinue reading “Praying Through Psalms of Thanksgiving and Worship”
April 15th is kinda of a rough day in history. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated in 1865 It was the day the Titanic sunk in 1912 In the first professional baseball game in California the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0 in 1958 Typically it is also the day our taxes are due!Continue reading “My Story”
I’m so thankful for the forgiveness of God. Psalm 103:12-13 says “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Because of the cross of Jesus, all ofContinue reading “Praying Through The Confession Psalms”
Last week we kicked off our series on praying through different types of psalms looking at the imprecatory psalms. This week we are going to look at the lament psalms. Unlike the imprecatory psalms, we don’t usually have a hard time understanding psalms of lament, we just prefer to never need them. But we actuallyContinue reading “Praying Through The Lament Psalms”
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THRIVING IN EXILE
The book of 1 Peter tells us that we are strangers and exiles. This world is not our home. We are now priests in God’s kingdom. Part of our role as priests is to point others to Jesus through the way we will live our lives-especially in suffering. When we anchor our hope to Jesus we can show people in our lives a better way to live. One that rises above fear with the unshakable confidence that comes from being secure in Christ. Living for eternity today gives others hope for tomorrow. Thriving In Exile will walk us through the book of 1 Peter and show how we can live holy lives that point people to Jesus while we navigate our own suffering.