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Crossing the Jordan

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (KJV). Let’s see how the truth of this statement is illustrated in a Bible story we all know in the book of Joshua. By looking at the what, who, where, when, why, and how of Israel’s Jordan crossing, […]

Yoked

In a flash, God could have made an ark for Noah and his family. But He didn’t. Instead, God instructed Noah to build it. Noah spent decades building that boat. It was grueling work. Cutting trees. Hauling lumber. Making sure that every piece fit together just right. Not only did he work with his hands, […]

Whither Shall I Go From Your Spirit?* – Second Place

Toward the end of my seventh grade year, I developed depression. I wasn’t sleeping, I wasn’t eating, and I was isolating myself from my friends because I knew that they wouldn’t understand or be able to help me. In eighth grade, I indulged in self-harm. I didn’t want to kill myself — not yet. But […]

Becoming Through Suffering

Suffering, loss, grief, and death are all part of this fallen world. No one is immune; believers and non-believers alike endure them. If we’re honest, Bible verses about suffering and trials are not the ones we want to embrace. It is human nature to avoid pain or discomfort, or even the mention of it. But […]

When Hope is All We Have

Recently while I was reading Psalm 42, verse 4 took on new meaning for me. It reads: These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. This […]

Patience, First and Last

Have you ever noticed that in his famous list of love’s qualities in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the apostle Paul begins and ends the list with the same trait: patience? Although he uses two different words, showing different aspects of this important quality, they both mean patience. It is often said that the Greeks had a […]

A Sun and Shield

King David certainly had a way with words — not just in the eloquence and poetry of many of the psalms he composed, but also in the way he could pack so much meaning into even a short expression. “The Lord God is a sun and shield” (Psalm 84:11) is a wonderful example of this. […]