Getting Back to Normal?

How many times have you heard, thought, or said the words, “When things get back to normal–“? Are you hoping things will change before you start a new project? Are you just sitting back and waiting for things to get back to normal before you make any new commitments? Though we may be living withContinue reading “Getting Back to Normal?”

If God Had Chosen Quarantine by P.M. Gilmer

If God Had Chosen Quarantine What if God had chosen to quarantine Himself (as the agnostics would have us believe)? To be isolated from the virus of man, to keep a social and moral and holy distance from Heaven to earth, (six feet, six miles–it may as well be a million of either), then whatContinue reading “If God Had Chosen Quarantine by P.M. Gilmer”

National Poetry Month 2020

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month, and I hope you’ve spent some time reading poetry during this unusually stressful month. I have been dipping into several authors including: Malcolm Guite, Jeanne Murray Walker, Edward Clarke, George Herbert, and Luci Shaw. I have also been reading the book of Isaiah, taking more noticeContinue reading “National Poetry Month 2020”

His Boundless Word

In these days of quarantine, social distancing, stay-at-home, and always wash your hands–we can feel stifled, closed in, and bound. Not bound by the laws of health only but by our fears and worries as well. In the midst of these concerns, how blessed I was to read these words: Remember Jesus Christ, risen fromContinue reading “His Boundless Word”

Frances Ridley Havergal Her Death

Like a river glorious, is God’s perfect peace; Over all victorious, in its bright increase. In a previous post, I wrote of the accomplishments of Frances Havergal and the way she sought to glorify the Lord in all she did. Now, I will recount some of the account concerning her death. Havergal suffered ill healthContinue reading “Frances Ridley Havergal Her Death”

Praise is the Highway

“I feel sure that the great majority of people do like singing. It helps to build up an audience–even if you preach a dry sermon. If you have singing that reaches the heart, it will fill the church every time. There is more said in the Bible about praise than prayer, and music and songContinue reading “Praise is the Highway”

How Firm a Foundation

April is National Poetry Month and though I don’t read as much poetry as I would like–between studying the Psalms and some hymns, I have been reading more poetry than usual. We don’t often think of hymns as poetry, but when we take the time to read  and hear the words, we often find beautifulContinue reading “How Firm a Foundation”

Doxology and the Power of Praise

A few weeks ago, I was visiting a church on a Sunday evening, and we closed the service by singing the doxology. I began singing, almost without thinking, but then I wondered, “When did I learn the doxology, and how did this short song become known as ‘the doxology’?” I mostly grew up in BaptistContinue reading “Doxology and the Power of Praise”