Our church has returned to in-person worship. Though we are taking measures to help with social distancing, and several elements of our Sunday mornings have changed, it is a blessing beyond words to worship together, singing hymns of truth and the beauty of our Lord to one another and to him, standing next to one … Continue reading How We Prayed
Originally posted March 19, 2020, at Women of Purpose. There’s no good place to break Romans 8:31–39, really. My last post only covered the questions that Paul was asking as he built to his magnificent conclusion. If this entire passage is, as James Boice declares, “the Everest of the letter, and thus the highest peak … Continue reading Romans 8:35-39, More Than Conquerors
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet … Continue reading Remembrance and Hope
Dear Lisa, Well, it’s been a year since I learned that you’d gone. I thought today would be worse than it is. But now that I think about it, the sadness doesn’t hurt the same way it used to. It’s there, but it no longer chokes off my breath. The weight remains, but it no … Continue reading Well, It’s Been a Year. . .
Originally posted March 18, 2020, at Women of Purpose. The recent weeks have been so fully-packed that I haven’t been able to get this final post written to wrap-up our study of Romans chapter 8. But now that I am self-isolating, and many of the things that occupied my time are now cancelled, I figure … Continue reading Romans 8:31-34, Who Can Be Against Us?
Today the county in which I live issued an order to our local citizens to “Stay Home, Work Safe.” This means that we are to shelter-in-place, effective at midnight tonight. The phrase “shelter-in-place” carries an undertone of fear. There is something out there which is to be feared. Danger is lurking. Take cover. Find shelter. … Continue reading Refuge
Originally posted February 18, 2020, at Women of Purpose. The passage we studied last week, Romans 8:18-27, opens with a verse that always tugs at my heart, and often brings me to tears. Building on his previous thought, that we suffer with Christ in order to be glorified with him, Paul declares “For I consider … Continue reading Romans 8:18-27, Suffering and Glory
Originally posted February 10, 2020, at Women of Purpose. In the five verses of Romans 8:12–17 we covered a lot of good ground. Paul builds upon what we studied previously: that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus because God sent his only Son to condemn sin in the flesh in … Continue reading Romans 8:12-17, Be Killing Sin
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. —Psalm 34:19 To My Lisa, We were young mommies together, you and I. introduced by a friend who thought we’d get along well—how little she knew the plans God had for us. During the years of mothering small … Continue reading Rest, Dear Sister