God Prunes Us With Love
Spiritual Growth

God Prunes Us With Love

God Prunes Us With Love. My in-laws live among fertile farmland in Northern California. Miles of thriving nut orchards surround a small vineyard that my Father-in-law planted so he could produce and bottle wine. It’s been a passion of his for years and he’s enjoyed learning how to carefully care for the vines. As he…

Why Does God Allow War?
Spiritual Growth

Why Does God Allow War?

In a perfect world there would be no wars. No need for national defense, armies or spies.  Peace would reign and all countries would get along, sharing resources and contributing for the greater good. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.  We have a hard time trying to get our own kids to get…

A Box of Prayers
Spiritual Growth

A Box of Prayers

I wasn’t brought up in a Christian home. On occasion my mother would read a few passages from the Bible on Christmas morning before we opened gifts.  While her intention to carry on a tradition may have been honorable, it fell on deaf ears.  I had no idea who God was or why on this…

God is Light
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God is Light

Introduction Within scripture, there are many ‘God is’ statements. These include ‘God is’, ‘God is love’, ‘God is spirit’, ‘God is good’, ‘God is worthy’, ‘God is high and lifted up’, and many others. These metaphoric declarations by God and about God give us insight into the nature of God. Today, we are going to…

Choosing God Over Fear
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Choosing God Over Fear

Choose God over fear. Even when it’s not easy. When I was 6 years old my parents put me in swimming lessons. I remember having a fear of water from a young age. Based on what I heard about water and the deadly possibilities that could be an outcome, I was filled with fear. I…