“God is in Control” Isn’t Good Enough for Grief

Sometime in early November, I started feeling foggy all day long. I still do to this day. It had come during a time when I was starting to have achiness throughout my teeth and couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Dentists’ x-rays didn’t show anything, and yet my molars were achy. The fogginess I felt was accompanied with bouts of dizziness and lightheadedness. At times, in the beginning, I’d even have shallow breathing. I felt choked at times. This made it difficult to even look down at a page to write or draw. And art is one way that I make money. I became really depressed. I didn’t want to do anything. Continue reading “God is in Control” Isn’t Good Enough for Grief

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What Have YOU Given Up For God?

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

The parable above is one in a string of parables where Jesus is describing what the kingdom of heaven is like. In this verse, He tells us that kingdom of heaven is like a field with hidden treasure buried in it that a man finds and desires. So he sells everything he has to buy it. You might be familiar with this verse, and chances are you’ve heard the interpretation and seeming application many times as well. You might have been told that we are the man who has stumbled upon this field and must forsake everything to have this treasure. Continue reading What Have YOU Given Up For God?

Listen to the Pained Donkey Voice of God

Have you ever heard someone tell you to listen for “God’s still small voice”? Maybe you’ve heard this from your pastor or favorite daily devotional or blogger. It is usually put in the context of needing to take “time out for God” in our otherwise loud and busy days. Rick Warren’s sermon, God Wants to Talk to You, Part 3, is a perfect example of this common evangelical teaching. In it, he begins by saying that we can’t have a relationship with God if we can’t hear God. We need to silence the televisions, phones, and radios and listen for Him in silence. Now, the first thought that might enter our brains is that if Rick Warren is teaching this and the view is popular, then perhaps there’s truth there. But there are two major problems with this view. Let’s start with the second of these two problems by comparing this teaching to the Scripture. 
Continue reading Listen to the Pained Donkey Voice of God