Affirmations

Psalm 31:9-16 Oh, how I've read this passage throughout the years! Prone to depression, I've struggled with the darkness that can sometimes overshadow my soul. With two suicide attempts by the time I was 23, I've struggled to find meaning in the messiness of life when things are going poorly. Somewhere along the line, though,... Continue Reading →

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Not Some Stranger

Isaiah 43:8-15 "I announced, I saved, I proclaimed, not some stranger among you."Isaiah 43:12a It's a story as old as time: Humanity finds itself in a jam and starts looking for someone who can lead the way out. When Moses went up the mountain to commune with God, the people turned to Aaron who, in... Continue Reading →

A Gracious Credit

Romans 4:1-12 A popular meme floating around social media states: "I've ordered a chicken and an egg from Amazon. I'll keep you posted." In faith circles, our chicken-or-egg debate rages around when exactly a person experiences salvation. Is it before or after we are baptized? Is it before or after we step away from all... Continue Reading →

Rules vs. Salvation

Philippians 3:2-12 Salvation is not dependent upon how closely we can follow lists of rules and commands; yet, most of us Christians fall into the trap of describing faith in moralistic terms (if you're good enough, you'll get into heaven). I know that I am certainly guilty of allowing my walk with Christ to be... Continue Reading →

Keeping Up Appearances

When I first moved to Welch I met a young man who was eager to share his testimony.  So, one day we sat down at a restaurant and had a nice chat over a piece of pie. The young man, John*, at a young age became very immersed in "biker culture".  He never owned his... Continue Reading →

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