I was probably five or six years old. It was a bright new morning, a little earlier than usual for me, when I slipped downstairs to what was then our little schoolroom (for those of you who don’t know, I was homeschooled). Here there were two little desks, one for me and one for my brother, and a big classic chalkboard that took up most of the longest wall.
I don’t remember how often my mom actually used that chalkboard, but it does stand out in my memory in this particular story. I was the first one downstairs, but to my surprise, there was writing on the chalkboard already.
It looked like instructions for a treasure hunt or something!
I started to read, and it went something like this:
I was grumpy. Those of you who know me may be surprised by that statement, but believe it or not, I do get grumpy from time to time! Don’t believe me? Ask someone in my family.
So anyway, I was grumpy. As is usually the case, it was over something stupid. My plans had been somewhat changed – hardly changed – but I didn’t like it. I was thinking grumpy thoughts toward my mom, even though it really wasn’t her fault. Honestly, when I think about it, I think I was grumpy because my plans had been sort of taken out of my hands and put in hers instead, and I was resenting the loss of control. Even though the end result was pretty much the same. Silly, right?
Well, as I was grumbling inwardly to myself, these words rose in my mind, “Do you do right to be angry?” Continue reading
Three years ago, when Life Action Ministries came to my church for revival meetings, I remember someone commenting on Jesus’ messages to the churches in Revelation. “If Jesus wrote you a letter today, what would He write?” he asked.
That question has always stuck in my mind. What would Jesus write to me? To you? To America? To the world? Continue reading
A lot of people today focus on God’s love. A little too much, actually. They think that because God loves them, they can do whatever they want, because He will forgive all of their sins and send everybody to Heaven. But we know from the Bible that this is not true. There is such a place as Hell, and while God may love us unconditionally, He forgives conditionally – forgiveness is granted on the condition that we cry out to Him in repentance and ask for it. The people who focus so much on how His love and mercy tend to forget that our loving God is also a God of justice. They forget that He is a jealous God, and that He has given us commands which we are to follow. Continue reading