These are prayers to the God who is made known to us through Jesus Christ.
When you’re beginning to connect with God for the first time in a long time, just say it straight. He already knows anyway, so lay it out there, describing your situation Continue reading “Prayers for those who haven’t prayed in a long time”
As Providence would have it, when “Jane’s” account of rape in the environment of The Master’s University went viral last week (link), I was barely aware, because I was cleaning bathrooms and listening to lectures on abuse. One of them was “Helping Women with Child Sexual Abuse in Their Past,” by Zondra Scott, whose husband Stuart coincidentally was formerly on the faculty of the Masters College and Seminary in the area of “Biblical counseling.” Her lecture can be heard here (link).
As I then read the original post about Jane with its many comments and then read a number of follow-up posts about Jane, I thought about Jane’s situation Continue reading “If “Jane” from TMU were to seek “Biblical counseling””
Not long ago I received a request from a reader to help her understand the first verse of Romans 2 as it might apply to praying for God’s judgment against one’s wicked abuser.
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
She told me that because of this Scripture in particular, someone she knew had refrained from naming her abuser’s actions as wicked, and had thus continued for a long time to be in a dangerous relationship.
So here is a modified version of my reply. Continue reading “Pronoun Trouble in Romans 2 that can keep the oppressed in a place of bondage”
Please pray about my relationship with my husband. My sickness. My trouble.
Yes, I would be glad to. Let’s pray right now.
Here? In front of all these people?
Well . . . it’s a church building. . . . These people probably pray too. . . .
Have you ever requested prayer from someone and wondered if the one who promised Continue reading “Let’s pray right now”
I heard it many times growing up. “Your daily Bible reading is your daily manna. Yesterday’s reading won’t suffice for today. Read the Bible every day to receive fresh bread of life.” I never questioned it.
Until recent years. Several things brought me to the point of questioning this oft-repeated maxim.
For one thing, during some significant trials, Continue reading “The Bible isn’t my daily manna”
A friend brought to my attention a very legalistic article, Why Should Christians Attend Church? by Dale Robbins. Each statement is flawed, and on that friend’s blog I answered each one point by point. Now I’m reposting here.
(1) Is church attendance an expression of our love for God? No. Worship is the expression of our love for God. Many people who “go to church” do it for various Continue reading “Is church attendance pleasing to God?”
I’ve been thinking a lot about wickedness lately. (Not a likely topic, I know, for a website called “Here’s the Joy.”) Deep, horrific, shocking wickedness. It isn’t pleasant to think about, it causes me to lose sleep, but the time has come. Continue reading “Joy in darkness”
What do you do when your daughter who’s getting married in a week is sick with mononucleosis?
Well . . . for me . . . default reaction.
Worry. Continue reading “Facing anxiety attacks”
You probably know people who have said, essentially, “I know I ought to pray, because the Bible says I should, but if God is going to do His will anyway, why is it important?”
Yes, prayer is about seeing God’s will done. But really, it’s about so much more. Continue reading “So what’s the point of prayer?”
I was doing a Biblical word study, because I wanted to understand the concept of perfection, often translated “maturity.” After all, with two children young adults, it seemed about time.
Mature, perfect, complete, sanctified, holy, whole-hearted. The study got bigger and bigger, but I kept doggedly Continue reading “Maturity: praying in faith or in fear?”