1. Our Bright Future
    02 Jan, 2018
    Our Bright Future
    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:3 I was reminded today of Timbuk3's 1986 hit, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades."  The
  2. The Now and Not Yet of Victory
    22 Dec, 2017
    The Now and Not Yet of Victory
    "O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 The Mizelle's saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi this week.  I have conflicted thoughts about this installment of the franchise, but don't worry.  I will spare you from my geek critique.  And if you haven't seen it, I will resist giving intentional spoilers. The thing I will
  3. The End of the Story
    14 Nov, 2017
    The End of the Story
    For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.  Isaiah 65:17 I really enjoy reading.  And before you jump to conclusions, I don't simply read theological tomes or books that would be described as "Christian Living."  No, I also enjoy a good story.  I'm almost always somewhere in the process of reading some work of fiction or other. When I was younger, I used to get frustrated with reading the story page by page, and so I
  4. Longing for the End of Violence
    02 Oct, 2017
    Longing for the End of Violence
    Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.  Isaiah 60:18 Most of us woke up this morning to the news that yet another mass shooting has taken place in our country.   Reports are saying that over 50 people were killed and more than 200 injured at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.  I don't know about you, but the news of this particular shooting has dredged up a lot of
  5. Downcast?
    13 Sep, 2017
    Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation Psalm 42:5 (also 42:11 and 43:5) Some people will tell you that if you're a Christian, you shouldn't ever be sad. These well-meaning folks are trying to point us to the truth of the great and glorious treasures we have in Christ.  They say that because those treasures are ours in Christ, our hearts should never be heavy.  But as well-intentioned as these folks are,
  6. What Greets Me Today
    24 Aug, 2017
    What Greets Me Today
    But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  Lamentations 3:21-23 This morning greeted me with the normal challenges of family life . . . getting out of bed (sometimes that's challenge enough!), helping the kids get ready for school, doing morning chores, etc. I was also greeted this morning with some challenges that aren't necessarily normal for my