Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

Though Mary was strikingly beautiful, she was vulnerable in two areas. The first was obvious – she was childless, weighing her down with incompleteness. The second only surfaced after I had been her pastor for some time. Gifted in hospitality, she and Bill, her husband, opened their home often to members of our congregation. After … Continue reading Feeling Unappreciated (Part 1 of 4)

“Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

As so often happens when we’re faced with difficulties, we get impatient and we tend to think God needs our help. When He tests our patience and obedience by sending us trials, we somehow think we need to solve the problem ourselves. After all, the old saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves,” (this … Continue reading “Helping Out” God (Genesis 16-21)

Change Was Difficult (Part 2 of 3)

The shift from law living to grace living . . .  from Hebrew Christianity (still with one foot in their native Jewishness)   to  “Come-on-in-all-you-Gentiles-absolutely-free” required a lot of print (Acts 10, 11 & some in 15).  It seems like over-kill as we read it.  Twentieth-first century believers can’t appreciate the agony of Peter’s struggle … Continue reading Change Was Difficult (Part 2 of 3)