I once read an interesting story about an old miner who lived isolated in the mountains of Colorado. When he unexpectedly passed away, a few of his distant relatives came to collect anything of his that was worthwhile. The family members arrived only to find a rusted-over shack full of mining equipment and dirt. As they gathered the few possessions the old miner had and set off on their way, a friend of the miner appeared with a few empty boxes. Confused and quite annoyed, the family members exclaimed that everything else in the house was his and that they already found the small bit of junk that might be worth something. In gratitude, the friend immediately went into the shack, pulled up a single piece of the floor, and began to expose heaps of gold the old miner had … Read More »
In Mark 6:36-52, we find a passage that tells two stories—the first is the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. The disciples bring the issue of the hungry people to Jesus, suggesting Jesus send them away for food to the surrounding towns. But instead of responding in agreement as the disciples expected, Jesus instructed the disciples to “give them something to eat” (Mark 6:37, NIV). The disciples were obviously shocked at this statement and responded accordingly, asking Jesus if they were expected to go and purchase food for all the people there.
Jesus never expected them to go purchase food for all the people. Rather He was testing their faith and their response to the question. This revealed their lack of sensitivity to the Spirit of the One they were following. Jesus put the disciples to work. He said to … Read More »
Summer time can be a challenging time in life as it is often a time of transition. Whether you find yourself entering or leaving school, moving, or anything else, we can find this season of limbo to be challenging to navigate, making the decisions we make throughout this time heavy and often a little frightening. Finding the will of God is a point of wrestling for many of us as we make our way through life.
We consider it to be this process of finding the one right answer that will make everything else in life make sense. This causes us to nervously wrestle with decisions and stress over seasons when we lack understanding or clarity. If you are anything like me, these times caused me to live in fear of making the wrong choices and somehow messing up my … Read More »
If you’re an 80s or 90s kid like me, you probably grew up with Lisa Frank, a Walkman or Discman, and dial-up Internet. It also means you had a pretty cool childhood, let’s be real. As we reminisce on our childhood, let’s take a look at how it shaped our thinking and who we have become. We are Millennials—and as all generations are—we are a product of our upbringing. While we had awesome toys, we were also shaped by the Postmodern society in which we lived. It is important to understand how postmodernity has fashioned our thinking and perception, but that is a larger topic for another day. Today, I want to address how Post-modernism has affected our concept of truth and the reality of God’s eternal truth.
As Millennials, we have grown up in a Postmodern society which claims … Read More »
It’s your last year, Shaleh Dawn, your last year. Take a few chances. Gamble a little. I was talking to myself, trying to force my nervous limbs into quiet submission. But my arms and legs shook, and my mind raced.
The quiz was locked. I was the captain, sitting attentively in the number one spot, my eyes glued onto the quizmaster. He paused, looking intently at the six quizzers at the table. I think he knew there was no way our team could win, and he was sympathizing. When your quiz is locked, there is no way your team will win unless the other team makes a mistake, which is unlikely since they usually stop hitting the buzzer once they’ve locked a quiz. Our team had never won a locked game before, so it felt like our doom was sealed.
When the … Read More »