Shalom, brothers and sisters. May peace be upon you during these chaotic times.
Let us lift up our prayers to the Great Physician for the world during this time of pandemic. For these are trying times of sickness, fear, and scarcity. Yet, weren’t we warned that we would endure such times? For though the Kingdom is here, it is not yet in its full glory, for the god of this world is still given control. We still live in a world of sin and brokeness; therefore, let us not be surprised when such times come upon us. Instead, remember that your Father in heaven, who cares for the smallest sparrow, is still caring for you.
Though we are going through trials, let us not endure them like those with no faith. Instead, let us endure them with the peace and hope that comes from heaven. Continue reading →
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages. You are invited to view a spectacular feature! A short film that has surprised several audiences with its heartfelt messages. A story of doubt, hope, change, and love. A glimpse into the heart of Christ himself. Ladies and gentlemen, without further hesitation, I present to you, The Butterfly Circus!
Life . . . can be cruel and painful. Yes, there’s butterflies and rainbows . . . but there’s also pain, brokenness, and death. Watching this trailer for Warcraft’s new expansion . . . it can be so easy to give up. To get swallowed up by the darkness around us. It’s so easy to fall into despair . . . but we can’t give up hope. For once we do, this life isn’t worth it any longer. And I’ve seen too many . . .
Therefore, I want to share these words that have been passed down from generation to generation: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). Continue reading →
I love the Christmas season! There’s just something–über special about it. . . . But, this time of year is also a difficult time for many. Many who have lost loved ones, who they are unable to spend Christmas with. A loved one who may have even been lost during this season. Or a time of loneliness. Or a time of poverty, preventing parents the ability to buy gifts for their kids. Or a time where a loved one is unable to come home, for he might be far away serving to protect the freedom of this country.
In the midst of our celebration of the birth of Christ, let us not feel guilty, but let us remember those who are hurting during this time. Let us pray for them, and do what we can to bring Christmas cheer to them. Not necessarily cheer them up, but make Christmas special for them too. To show they are surrounded by those who care, even through the most difficult times of life.
Such love . . . Mrs. Dana Taylor, a teacher at Greenbrier High School, was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the whole school came together to make this video and support her in her fight! I highly encourage you to take the time and watch this awesome, powerful video.
Inspiration comes at the funniest times. I’m a poor college kid right, needing a job to pay off some loans, and I was provided with work, painting and fixing up a rental home. I had dipped my brush in a bucket of white paint and began to coat it on the door trim, when a stray drop was flung onto an area of the wooden floor that had become uncovered. I quickly rubbed my finger on the pesky drop to clean up the mess when it smeared! Instead of fixing the problem, I was making it worse. But, being stubborn, I kept rubbing. The smear grew and grew–and then, it began to disappear. I kept rubbing and eventually, it was gone! Crisis avoided!
You know, life is a lot like that. It’s messy.
We’re all painters. Maybe for you, it’s a canvas, or your like me painting a house, or maybe you prefer finger painting, but we’re all painters. And we get messy, getting more paint on ourselves than on the wall :). Paint–the grime, filth, and mess of life. It splatters on us and its so hard to get off–if you don’t have the right soap that is.
“Hello deary!” greets a strange man to a woman with tear-stained cheeks.
“Who are you?” asks the young girl.
“Your savior. I am here to fix you’re little problem.”
“Unless you can turn straw to gold, there’s nothing you can do.”
“You’re in luck!” he says. “It so happens that I can do that very thing. For a price,” he adds.
“Anything! You can have whatever you desire.” The girl was desperate.
“I want nothing much . . . Your first born child would do. Do we have a deal?” If you don’t accept, you’ll be dead by morn, so it won’t matter anways. “Deal,” she agrees.
The nymph cackles, before he begins to spin the spinning wheel.
We have all heard the fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin [maybe not the Grimm version, in which when his bargain is foiled he angrily stomps his foot into the ground, and tears himself in two while attempting to pull it out], but have you noticed an important theme that can be taken from it? (other than don’t make deals with mythical creatures and promise them your firstborn child?) But, what about turning straw, into gold?
It sounds impossible, doesn’t it? But just because something sounds impossible, doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Just because few have done it, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Just because you’re dream will be hard to accomplish, doesn’t mean it’s unaccomplishable. Continue reading →