“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise […]
For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? -Jesus (Mark 8:35-36 ESV) But, I just want to win. Really, […]
Right out of high school, I was awarded a full-scholarship to an innovative and emerging music school in the Pacific Northwest. Hours of lessons, personal tutoring in music theory, and inspiration from my music teachers all paid off. I was simply stunned to learn about earning a scholarship. The last […]
In this next lesson from my mom’s life, you don’t have to be a doormat to be an overcomer. It is the very strong that look at the bigger picture and resist scrapping over being mistreated. When hurt, our human nature is to respond to protect ourselves. This is a […]
This is a series of posts with lessons I learned from my mom about being an overcomer. She surely has lived a life as an overcomer and I know that you will be encouraged by these lessons. If you have not yet read the first post and introduction, go here. […]
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
For my whole life my mother has truly been a spiritual hero to me and our entire family. There are few people like her. It is a supernatural thing to observe that in the context of a life of trial and loss she has ending up with a life that shows grace, mercy, and determination. Diana, my mother, is an overcomer–her life is a sermon vividly telling a story of Christ’s triumph.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7 (King James Version) The new economy is what we call this. Things will never be the same, some say. But, will it truly ever be the “same” for us? This gets […]
(The above picture is a favorite one of our two kids. Ethan was newborn and Emilie 4 in this photo.) This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and […]
Blueberries are perfect right now and I had to buy a box of them the other day. When we think of stereo-typing and bias in a culture that fuels division, it takes a closer look to see how something as monochromatic as blueberries display shades of blue to indigo. For […]
“Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, For their defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.” Proverbs 23:10-11 (NIV) Those who are most vulnerable end up being taken advantage of without anyone to defend them. Or, so it […]
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26 (NIV) No, this post is not really about the TV show where those judges in chairs turn […]
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, NIV) One theological term is historically center in Evangelical circles: penal substitutionary atonement. The idea is that Jesus exchanged […]