Sovereignty & Love Intersect

Next weekend I’m speaking at a women’s retreat presenting my recently revised theme: Finding Hope in a World of Hurt. One of my favorite parts is the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth that illustrates where God’s sovereignty and God’s love intersect.

The gospel of Luke describes this husband and wife team as “upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly” (1:6). This couple does everything right, but there’s …

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The God who sees

Do you ever feel disregarded by the Lord, like he doesn’t see you—not that you’re invisible, just that he doesn’t notice you? Or, do you sometimes feel like he sees all your mistakes but is oblivious to the good that you are doing?

Recently, someone inquired about my profession. I told her I was involved in women’s ministry: speaking and Bible teaching. She asked, “So how do you spend your time when you’re not …

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The Bleeding Woman

Part two of Jairus’ story from Mark 5:21-43.

While Jesus is on the way to Jairus’ house to heal his dying daughter, there’s an interruption, a delay, another needy person.

Someone comes up behind Jesus and touches him. He turns around, scans the crowd, and waits for someone to come forward. Those who tell her story don’t give her a name. She’s simply referred to as the bleeding woman—a very sad title. …

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JAIRUS: Faith tested and rewarded

While a large crowd gathers, Jairus, the synagogue ruler, approaches Jesus boldly. He puts aside all dignity and pride, falls at Jesus’ feet, and pleads with him for his dying daughter. (Mt 9:18-26; Mk 5:21-43 Lk 8:40-56)

Because Jesus is a controversial figure, Jairus risks his own reputation among his peers, but none of that matters—he is desperate. “Please, come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.” …

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Birds Don't Worry

I have begun the new year rehearsing a list of things to worry about. Not the best start. None are life-altering events, just the normal stress of details, deadlines and efficiency (or lack of).

Time to go back to life-giving words, and breathe them into my anxious heart.

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your …

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