• Culture,  Faith

    A Million Dreams…Of The World God’s Gonna Make

    Reading Time: 4 minutes A million dreams of a world You’re gonna make… I close my eyes and I can see a world that’s waiting for me… Through the dark, through the door, through where no one’s been before… But it feels like home. The music for The Greatest Showman was simply incredible, carrying messages of hope and identity and belonging that the world just needed to hear. In particular, the song A Million Dreams has always tugged at my heartstrings, because it talks about dreaming of a better world. And God is the giver – and fulfiller of dreams. There are many instances in the Bible where God spoke…

  • Faith,  Long Reads

    The Devil Has No Advocate In Heaven

    Reading Time: 8 minutes I watched a TV show recently about a highly ambitious man in the legal field.  The man, let’s call him Mike, worked in the District Attorney’s Office, which is supposed champion justice and uphold the highest laws of the land. In pursuit of his blind ambition, Mike begin to call in favors and got on the radar of some very dangerous people. He ended up endangering his family – his wife and his daughter. I enjoy watching mysteries, crime dramas and serials, so this was totally up my alley. What really fascinated me though, was Mike’s response to his wife’s attempts to fix their problems.  Their…

  • Faith,  Long Reads

    Walk In The Light, Don’t Fear The Dark

    Reading Time: 9 minutes As a child, I was deathly afraid of the dark. I grew up in what were known as “high-density suburbs”, home to the predominantly not-so-affluent, lower-middle working-class community. One feature of the homes in this area were the bathrooms that were located outdoors. Depending on the layout, the bathroom could be near or far, accessible either by a connecting door next to the main entrance or in a completely separate outhouse building. This meant that when you needed to go, it was an adventure —and not always the thrilling kind! Lights Out Blackout I was about ten when we lived into one such house with a separate…

  • Culture,  Quick Reads,  Relationships

    Praying For Men & Husbands

    Reading Time: 5 minutes There’s a song that used to play on the radio as I was growing up. It was a simple song, with a repetitive chorus and a catchy tune. The man sang, pleading with men to respond and surrender to God; to be accountable to Him so that they can be good leaders. I was not a Christian growing up, but I had a peripheral awareness of Christianity. Hearing this song, I thought, “Hmmm, that’s cool”, and shrugged it off. I recently stumbled across this old song on Apple Music. Now that I am a professing Christian – and married as well – the song has so…

  • Quick Reads,  Relationships

    God Is a High Functioning Super Parent

    Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes we forget that male and female are both shaped, designed, and defined by God. God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 WEB God is spirit, and although we know Him primarily by his revealed identity through Jesus as father, the bible uses both masculine and feminine descriptions to help us understand the full nature of God. “I have been silent a long time. I have been quiet and restrained myself. Now I will cry out like a travailing woman. I will both gasp and pant. Isaiah 42:14 (WEB) “Can a woman…

  • Culture

    Halloween, Sorcery & the Appeal of Magical Powers

    Reading Time: 9 minutes   With Spooktober in full swing and Halloween around the corner, there’s an entire industry in full bloom. From candy to Halloween TV to popup stores, there are witches and jack-o-lanterns, graveyards and creepy faces all over the place. There’s an appeal to magic and to things associated with sorcery, controlling nature and talking to animals. Much of that desire comes from what was lost in Eden: the fact that we could communicate and interact with nature in a very raw and pure way. Unnatural supernatural power beckons back to that time.

  • Faith,  Long Reads

    Seek First To Serve: You’ll Always Have The Poor

    Reading Time: 7 minutes “For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.” Matt 26:11 NASB. While He was visiting Simon the leper, an unnamed woman came and poured out an expensive perfume on His head. Jesus declared that this woman would forever be part of His story, as she had prepared his body for burial. Her anointing was prophetic, pointing to his identity as Messiah, Christ the Anointed One. Interestingly, this is the only time Jesus is anointed in the book of Matthew. The disciples were outraged – Judas in particular. “For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the…