Bible Study

May 12 2022

How Can I Be Frustrated With A Good God?

“Ugg! Why does everything have to be so hard?” With an exasperated sigh, I pounded the steering wheel.  Both of my Map Apps insisted I had reached my destination. But the clump of trees and bushes on the side of the road bore no resemblance to a dog-grooming business. Calling and texting the groomer proved…

May 5 2022

How Can We Face Our Problems Without Losing Heart?

Life is difficult. So reads the opening line of The Road Less Traveled, a book by M. Scott Peck, M.D. According to this author, once we understand and accept this truth, life will no longer be as difficult. Our problems lie, not just in the hardships we face, but in our belief that life should…

April 28 2022

How Did Jesus Feel About Extravagant Gifts?

Today my husband gave me an extravagant gift. He did it in love, because I’ve recently received some sad news. He also did it in preparation for a very hard decision I will soon have to make. He hopes this gift will comfort me when that time comes. I love the gift, even as my…

April 7 2022

How A New Testament Mystery Can Shine A Light In Today’s Dark World

For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read. Mysteries remain my top choice for “fun” reading. Apparently I’m not alone. Mystery books have always sold well ~ especially since many have been converted to television or movie series.  The word mystery actually means anything that is kept secret or unknown. In…

March 31 2022

Why Is Jesus Called The Bread Of Life?

For a brief period of time I lived above a boulangerie (bakery) in Paris. Each morning my roommates and I woke up to the sweet aroma of baking bread. With our mouths watering, we ran downstairs to buy our breakfast baguette. Bread plays an important role in the history of France. For years the French…

March 24 2022

How We Can Avoid The Frustration Of Comparing Ourselves To Everyone Else

“I don’t understand why it has to be so hard.” Tears filled my coworker’s eyes as she poured out her heart. Recently she had faced difficult challenges in seemingly every aspect of life ~ financial, relational, and medical. All her life she had worked hard. Now she felt surrounded by people who seemed to get…

March 17 2022

Making Opportunities To Do Good In An Increasingly Dark World

Wrinkling my nose at the foul odor, I pulled my sweater from the washing machine. Two days before I had set the wash cycle in motion, fully intending to come back and hang the sweater to dry. But life got busy and I forgot about it. Unless I wanted to live with the stink, I…

March 10 2022

How Can They Be Joyful In The Midst Of Their Suffering?

Tears filled my eyes as I listened to the young Ukrainian child singing “Let It Go” in her native language. With every note perfectly pitched, she finished the song to the praises of the people who shared her bunker. As I turned to my husband, I saw the same sorrow etched on his face. We…

March 3 2022

When I Need To Remember The Lord Is Faithful, Powerful, And Sovereign

Years ago a teacher advised me to “tie a string around my finger” to help me remember something. I don’t recall what I needed to remember back then. But I have since used different versions of “strings around my finger”: post-it notes, to-do lists, and special jewelry. Recently I’ve even joined the digital age and…

February 24 2022

How Can Christians Manage Our Fear Over World Events

As I turned on the TV, I hoped for better news. But sadly the situation in the Ukraine continues to escalate. Throughout the day, even as I prayed for peace and reconciliation, fear gripped my already heavy heart.   In search of comfort, I turned to one of my favorite passages, Psalm 46. In light of…