In the Dumps?

Depression isn’t a normal emotion for me, but I’ve had my share of it this week due to a recent crisis in our family.  (Read previous posts.) Depression is stifling. Not fun. Even a little bit scary. Why are you cast down, O my soul? and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God: […]

Life After Sorrow

We received the life-altering phone call a month and three days ago. There have been some good moments and some not-so-good moments. Until now, I never understood the horrendous emotions that ebb and flow for the casualties of suicide. One month later, this tragedy still ruthlessly rips at our souls. We miss our grandson desperately […]

The Suffering of His Son

(Please read “Tribute to Tyler” before reading this if you haven’t done so already.) I spoke with my daughter Kirsten this morning. She was crying. I listened. We cried together. She said she didn’t know why Tyler had had to struggle for so many years with multiple health problems. She was sorrowing not just over his […]

Formidable Foes

Sometimes it feels like we are being crushed under the weight of our circumstances, burned by the fire, devoured by the lions, and gouged by the thorn! That’s when we need to remember the Hebrew children who were calm and composed because of their faith in God, in the midst of the torturous chamber of […]

Hosea – Hard Stuff/Happy Stuff!

Making the most of a tough teaching — God’s judgment! The book of Hosea is not for the faint of heart … and, of all the studies I’ve taught, this one (to my surprise) had the highest attendance, most consistently! These faithful attendees weren’t scared away by the content! Were we uncomfortable at times?  Yes! […]

What Kind of Love?

What kind of person can keep on loving and keep on giving while being spurned and shunned? That’s what we see happening between the Prophet Hosea and his wife Gomer. That’s what we see happening between God and Israel. And that’s what we see happening between God and us.  It’s easy to be critical of […]