What does it look like to have faith? How do we get the kind of faith Jesus mentions when He grabs that little child and coaches His disciples on the necessity of childlike faith? While we wrestle with our day-to-day issues, it can seem overwhelming to consider a faith that moves mountains. After all, we are normal people with normal lives and that sort of thing just seems a bit out of reach.
In Mark chapter five we find the story of the bleeding woman. Mark tells us she had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. It is heartbreaking that this woman didn’t just feel awful and weak from the unending trial, but she also was left to deal with the social consequence of an issue she never asked for. She was considered unclean by law, meaning that anything … Read More »
I was recently cleaning out some piled-high clutter from my life when I uncovered boxes full of memories I had pushed to the back of my mind when I pushed them to the back of my closet. One of the things I discovered in the mess was a bouquet of old roses. It might sound morose, but I personally think there is a certain beauty that can be seen even after their petals have dried.
Though these bundles may still be slightly appealing, I would never expect to receive them as a gift or want them left on my doorstep in efforts to make a romantic gesture. They are old flowers, ones that acquired a different type of attractiveness over the course of time. However, the freshest flowers mean the most when given in any circumstance—the exquisite blooming kind … Read More »
Just like that. In the blink of an eye, plans, hopes, and lives change. Our youth group—the LINK—and various other members of The Pentecostal Church traveled to Aurora, Colorado to help Rev. Robbie Mitchell and his team plant a church. With special handouts ready, block parties scheduled, and community evangelism routes mapped out, we were ready to introduce Aurora to Jesus Christ via the Mitchells and Vertical Church. And just like that…things change. The early morning hours of July 20, 2012 prove as much.
When we heard the sirens pass by the hotel, we brushed it off. After all, we were staying near a major highway where sirens are not a foreign sound. But these kept blaring. The news came from Twitter of a shooting less than three miles from our hotel. … Read More »
Do you have an incident in your past, when every time you are reminded of it, you get the chills? Do you often have flashbacks of something that happened to you?
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” (1-3)
My last hoorah in medical school is a 2 week rotation on the Chemical Dependance/Addiction team. I am half way through the rotation and I am completely heartbroken by what I have seen. This world is a cruel place. And sin is a cruel taskmaster. The consequences are certain … Read More »