you choose Q: what can you do when you’ve lost all hope?
by an odj community member on December 9th, 2013 | no responses
Q: What can you do when you’ve lost all hope? —Joseph A: Scripture gives numerous examples of people who’ve struggled with feelings of hopelessness (1 Kings 19:4; Psalm 22:11; Isaiah 53:10; Lamentations 1:12; Jonah 2:1-5; Matthew 27:46; 2 Corinthians 1:8; Hebrews 11:35-40). When the... read more »
by tom felten on December 6th, 2013 | 3 responses
Recently, I was talking with a friend who has been scarred by sin—things done to him by others. The effects linger, even though the actions occurred long ago. He was struggling, trying to see beyond the lies that caused him to feel unworthy of God’s grace. He felt powerless and weak, which left... read more »
wrestling with God
by jennifer benson schuldt on November 25th, 2013 | 5 responses
Often, on Saturdays in the 1980s, my brother and I watched professional wrestling on TV. We were mesmerized by the acrobatics and the seemingly super-human body slams that shook the wrestling ring. We rooted for the good guys and pointed at the screen exclaiming things like “Did you see that?”... read more »
groaning or grumbling?
by mike wittmer on November 24th, 2013 | 4 responses
Ravi and Prakash received layoff notices from their employer, an insurance company that was being downsized by its new owner. “Once again the little man gets squeezed,” sighed Prakash; “Is this the thanks I get for 15 years of loyal service?” “Yeah, this stinks,” replied Ravi, “but God... read more »
you choose Q: should i keep praying?
by an odj community member on October 25th, 2013 | one response
Q: I pray for people at my church. How long is too long to continue praying for someone? If you constantly feel the need is it okay to continue? —Donna A: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for,” Jesus promised in Matthew 7:7. Knowing that we lack endurance and can be easily... read more »
God forbid it!
by an odj community member on October 7th, 2013 | one response
This world is fallen and full of suffering. The decaying of this earth is evident all around us, even though todays science tries to convince us that the earth started out as decay and has progressed to its current “superiority.” Most of our life’s mission is to remove suffering from mankind.... read more »
people or God?
by regina franklin on September 21st, 2013 | 2 responses
In every realm and relationship I want people to think well of me. I’m tempted to please people, especially when they give me affirmation. I can often tell if I’ve met a person’s expectations by the look on his face or the tone of her voice. But, by God’s grace, I’ll stake my claim that... read more »
by roxanne robbins on September 20th, 2013 | 7 responses
There was a time, deep into my walk with Jesus, when life became extremely difficult. I told a friend that I felt like a mouse, batted back and forth between the paws of a cat that was toying with his victim before making the final blow. Yesterday I read a blog by a woman whose husband was dying of... read more »
actions and adventure
by roxanne robbins on September 13th, 2013 | 5 responses
On a recent visit home to the United States, I got my first taste of D-BOX—motion theater seats that pitch you forward and backward, side to side, and up and down in sync with the action depicted on the screen. I found the experience remarkably similar to driving in Uganda, where I dodge chickens,... read more »
indicted or invited?
by Jeff Olson on September 7th, 2013 | 4 responses
There are two ways most people tend to read the Bible. One is to read it mostly as an indictment of the human race. In other words, we’re sinful rebels who are bent on finding life apart from God. The other is to read Scripture as an invitation. Yes, we’re sinners who have turned away from our... read more »