Coming Troubles

Things in the world seem to be getting crazy lately.  We have the corona virus and the panic because of it in the stores, in the stock market and our retirement investments.  Within the past year, there has been conflict with North Korea, and Russia and China, not to mention the Middle East.  There have been several uprisings, protests and riots in many countries.  We had fires in the west and Australia and the Amazon jungles and elsewhere.  A plague of locusts is sweeping through Africa.  We had hurricanes and earthquakes and other natural disasters.  Just yesterday in Eastern Washington where we used to live, there was an earthquake, a tornado, hail and snow.  People seem to get offended much more easily than they used to and it seems like there is more bickering going on in our government (as well as many of us with each other on social media) than working on solutions.  Things that were never accepted before are now being accepted that should not be, even in some churches.  Living our faith and talking about God is often being met with tension or hostility (this has been the case for a long time in many countries, but it is beginning to happen here in the U.S.).  Many who profess faith in God do not live it, or we are either complacent or judgmental or unloving, or perceived to be.  Are we entering into the end times?  Perhaps.  Is our country in for a fall?  Perhaps.  Is it all gloom and doom?  No.  There will be hard times ahead.  There are hard times now.  But, there will also be glorious times ahead for those who trust in Jesus (we will talk more of this in the next post). Continue reading “Coming Troubles”

Peace Through Troubled Times

Anyone besides me having a hard time having peace in these troubled times?  I have been reading scriptures and other articles that we will have peace through Christ and I know it’s true.  But, I still struggle with the anxiety of it all.  Yes, I still do find peace inside, because I know God is there and he has a plan, as frustrating as it is not knowing what that plan is.  I know God loves me and He is by my side even when I don’t feel it.  I know that He is always there for me even through this chaos.  Even though it seems the world has turned upside down with the virus, the empty shelves at the grocery store, the economy crashing, social distancing and all the bad news on TV, we need to continue reading God’s word and remember His promises and to continue in prayer and to trust in Him. Continue reading “Peace Through Troubled Times”

The Good and Bad of Fire

Fire will burn you, but it also provides so much to improve our daily lives.  It gives us light.  It gives us heat.  We cook with it.  We use it to purify metals and to shape them into tools and so much more.  As we discussed in the previous post, God often reveals Himself through fire.  Here we will discuss how fire is used for judgement, but it is also used to purify us, to help us to grow.  It is also used to represent the evil schemes of the devil, but we know that fire will await him in the end. Continue reading “The Good and Bad of Fire”

The Fire of God

Fire represents life”, they say in ‘Survivor.’  I am a bit of a Survivor junky.  But, in scripture fire is used in a completely different context.  It’s not a game; it’s much bigger than that.   In the next two posts we will discuss how fire is used in the scriptures.  Fire is used many times throughout the Bible  to represent different things.  It is often used literally as well.  Sometimes, God uses fire to represent the opposite of what it represents on ‘reality’ TV.  It represents death.  Hades.  Hell.  Sometimes it represents God’s wrath, while other times, God literally showed His wrath with fire.  He also used it to show His power and glory.  Fire is also used for purification.  Sometimes, fire is used to describe God Himself, but He can also be that “still, small voice.”  Continue reading “The Fire of God”

Do Not Fear

With God’s love there is no need to fear.  No matter what we are going through, God is always there to guide us through it.  Those of us who have faith in Christ know that we have eternal life with Him.  So why do we fear? Continue reading “Do Not Fear”