A Little Bit of Spring

As the snow begins to recede and the rivers begin to rise here in the interior of Alaska, I am thankful the Lord has brought us through another long and very snowy winter. Last week I swatted my first mosquito and watched a pair of swans fly over. This morning I heard the first robins…… Continue reading A Little Bit of Spring

Walking Away from Anger. Walking Toward Peace

“Anger is destructive. It is a nasty weapon in the Destroyer’s arsenal. How is it working for you? Does it not make you unbelievably tired? Wouldn’t you like to lay it down and walk away? Wouldn’t you like to replace it with something more productive? Wouldn’t you like to rest?” -From Chapter 40, Angry at…… Continue reading Walking Away from Anger. Walking Toward Peace

In the Center of the Circle

“John Cornelius Stam and Elisabeth Alden ‘Betty’ Stam were American Christian missionaries to China, with the China Inland Mission (CIM), during the Chinese Civil War. The missionary couple were executed by Communist Chinese soldiers in 1934.” -Wikipedia Their story (with photos) can be found at Wheaton College’s archival collection: Remembering John and Betty Stam A…… Continue reading In the Center of the Circle

Books About Heaven

There are plenty of books out there that claim to know something about Heaven. Many of them are full of dangerous misinformation and deceptive fantasy. The Bible, however, gives us the Truth. It gives us all we need to know about our forever home. Still, we have questions, and that’s OK. Without a doubt, God’s…… Continue reading Books About Heaven

A Sure Hope

For those who trust Jesus as their Savior, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. The moment life went out of Hans’s body, he was taken immediately into the presence of God—no waiting, no further payment or cleansing required. That is because Jesus paid it all and it is…… Continue reading A Sure Hope

Book Excerpt: Things Are Not What They Seem

One of the things bereaved parents would like you to know is this: Even though they may seem pretty together and functional; even though they smile, though perhaps not very brightly and not for very long; and even though it seems like they are moving on with life, there are many, many things going on…… Continue reading Book Excerpt: Things Are Not What They Seem

Up From the Ashes

It would easy to spend all my time preoccupied with the past. The way it was. Looking at – no examining – old photographs.  Studying, not just the image of our son, but the background, too.  Everyday scenery that has not changed but is so totally different now.  Trying to find the what-ifs casually arranged…… Continue reading Up From the Ashes

Help for Ukraine

Ordinary people on both sides of this conflict are suffering significant hardship. I know there is suffering in many places around the world, but if you would like to help out in Ukraine, Slavic Gospel Association provides an easy and practical way to do it right now. https://www.sga.org/ukraineaid/ Urgent Need for Aid as up to…… Continue reading Help for Ukraine

Reasons Not See a Psychic Medium

The following chapter was taken from the second-most viewed post on this site. The most often entered search term here, by far, has been some variation of “Should I consult a medium?” We can conclude that many are tempted. Here’s what God has to say about it… Chapter 35, Detestable to the Lord – Never…… Continue reading Reasons Not See a Psychic Medium

In the Arms of My Father: Thoughts on Psalm Fifty-Five

From my book, Never Ceasing: God’s Faithfulness in Grief My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. Psalm 55:4,5 This is not happening… The men from our church placed two stout spruce poles across the…… Continue reading In the Arms of My Father: Thoughts on Psalm Fifty-Five

What is the ‘Resurrection of the Dead’?

Resurrection: (Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary 1913) 1. (n.) A rising again; a return from death to life; as the resurrection of Christ. 2. (n.) Especially, the rising again from the dead; the resumption of life by the dead; as, the resurrection of Jesus Christ; the general resurrection of all the dead at the Day of…… Continue reading What is the ‘Resurrection of the Dead’?

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Did God take our son, or was it an accident? It depends on what you mean by “accident.” Was the crash unexpected, unintentional, unplanned? Yes, from our earthbound perspective, but not to God. The Lord was not caught off guard or taken by surprise on the night of the crash. Was the crash without divine…… Continue reading Suffering and the Sovereignty of God

Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God? | Tim Challies

It felt like a test—a test of my faith, a test of my convictions, a test of my love for God. Soon, very soon, after I learned that my son had died, I received a message from an old acquaintance. Her intentions were good—she wanted to offer consolation. But her… Source: Would It Be Okay…… Continue reading Would It Be Okay For Me To Be Angry With God? | Tim Challies