Category Archives: Disappointment

Politics: The Ideology of Idolatry

I’m convinced that the great idolatry for many of us is our deep commitment to our political ideology. The past few months have been difficult for all of us. I’ve taken to saying things like, “We’re all playing hurt,” and … Continue reading

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What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Wrestle

In our study of Genesis, we have talked about a God who creates; a God who faithfully keeps His promises; a God who sees us, even when we feel overlooked. We have looked at the stories of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: When We Laugh, Part 2

And this whole story repeats itself in the next chapter.  And the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day.  Genesis 18:1 Not long … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Sees, Part 2

We will return to Abraham and Sarah’s story next week and the way God resolves His promise to them. But before we get to that part of the story, we need to look at another woman who struggles to be … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Genesis: A God Who Sees

Have you ever felt as if you weren’t really seen? When was the last time you felt ignored, overlooked, and forgotten — lost in the crowd? Have you ever felt as if you weren’t really being heard — as if … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 4

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. — Psalm 23 It is a path everyone must walk, the valley David refers to as “the shadow … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 3

The truth about suffering: Because God is the God of all comfort, we know He cares completely.  To whom or to what do you turn when you need comfort? One of the hallmarks of our time is an impulse to … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 2

The truth about suffering: Because God can handle our tough questions, we can be honest about our pain.  Someone has estimated that there are over 186,000 sentences in the Bible. That includes a LOT of questions. And the question that … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith: Part 1

I can summarize this post in nine words. So, if you’re in a hurry, here goes: Suffering is universally painful but God is eternally faithful. Everyone suffers. Some more than others. And suffering usually knocks us off our feet, drives … Continue reading

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