Lemons and Lemonade

We've all had less-than-ideal things happen to us.  That's the nice way of saying "stuff happens".  Sometimes that "stuff" is really bad, even for the most faithful, Godly, and holy among us.  Some Christians might find this disturbing--after all, isn't God able to make everything go my way all the time--but the writer of Ecclesiastes showed us this truth a very long time ago, writing, "The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to us all" (Ecc 9:11). ...  Keep reading

Shame

Job 11:13-18 – “Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then you will lift up your face without shame; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.” ...  Keep reading