Escaping the Houdini Handcuffs of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Thoughts

All right, I know those little bamboo thingies people use as gag gifts are actually called Chinese finger traps, but I’ve always called them Houdini handcuffs, probably because of a certain cartoon that showed the skeleton of Harry Houdini and a finger trap on his index fingers as if it was the one thing he... Continue Reading →

The River: An Analogy

Imagine all the people of the world are in a giant river with banks too steep to climb. The banks are the Law given through Moses, the Old Covenant. Everyone falls short. No one is “good enough” to climb out on their own. Some people in the river can swim and think they are doing... Continue Reading →

God is a Person

Imagine there were no men in the world, only women. (No wisecracks, please.) What if there were one woman who had a husband, the only man on planet Earth… How would she describe him to her companions? She could describe his physical features. Perhaps she could describe his biological makeup and its differences to women’s.... Continue Reading →

Why My Sin?

Why does God allow me to keep on being sinful? I don't think I'm the only one who has ever asked that. I love Jesus. I want to give Him my all and my best, and I want my all to BE my best. But it isn't. Not even close. My all includes all this... Continue Reading →

Answers for the Quiet Heart

Very early this morning I asked God why He had allowed some very painful things to occur in my life. I wasn't angry with Him, and I wasn't insecure about His love for me. I wasn't questioning His involvement or His purposes for my life. I did not ask out of indignation nor out of... Continue Reading →

Childlike & Wise

Have you ever met someone with a childlike spirit? First, we should all recognize that there is a world of difference between childish and childlike. Childish is what no one wants to be around. Childlike is someone who shares a purity of heart, a ready love, an innocent joy, and a never-ending sense of wonder... Continue Reading →

Depths of Thought: Judging Thyself

Most people have a problem with mixed bags. That’s a problem, because most people are mixed bags. We aren’t all good or all bad. Our actions aren’t always good or always bad. Mass murderers are capable of kindness. Gentle-hearted philanthropists are capable of cruelty. At times it feels as though we are at war with... Continue Reading →

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