The Gift and the Giver

(Republished with permission from Press Service International, for Christian Today Australia ) We walked to the car, and our daughter saw the gifts wrapped and stacked inside. “Wow!” She exclaimed, her eyes wide in wonder. Over the next week, she unwrapped her gifts and read her cards, remembering the names of friends who had celebrated her … More The Gift and the Giver

Covered in Christ

(Republished with permission from Press Service International, for Christian Today Australia)  In the midst of their shame, fear and sin, He covered them. In the midst of their suffering and judgement, He covered them. Genesis 3 records the well known story of Adam and Eve disobeying God and being banished from the Garden of Eden. … More Covered in Christ

The God We Fear

The word, “fear”, can have many connotations. It can be used to describe the feeling of being afraid, a reverence for something or someone, the intent to obey, the heart behind that obedience. [Ecclesiastes 12:13] gives us instruction to “… Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.” Other translations of this … More The God We Fear

Could it be joy?

Shepherd to hero, fugitive to king, greatly loved but also greatly disciplined, at peace and at war; this was the life of King David. It always amazes me to look at David’s life, marvel at the stressors he must have experienced, and yet see the joy and hope he maintained in God. Alongside David, Paul … More Could it be joy?

By His Stripes

Sewing a dress one evening this week, I was reminded of Isaiah 53:5 –   “But He was wounded for our iniquities; The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” The stripes on my dress are just material, but the stripes that Jesus bears are much more. Isaiah … More By His Stripes