“Some Christians treat God as a kind of insurance agent. In hard times, they expect Him to issue a claim check to restore what they’ve lost. While waiting for Him to change their circumstances for the better, they withhold fellowship from him.” (Joni Eareckson Tada)

The Holy Spirit will not room with bitterness, lust, and unforgiveness, to name a few. Our junk stands in complete opposition to the holiness of the living God. Hence, the miserable feeling we experience when we try to play it both ways.

Smack-dab in the middle of the Corona virus pandemic, an EF-3 tornado dropped on April 12, 2020 in the East Brainerd area of Chattanooga, Tennessee, fueled by 145 mph winds. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the storm until I walked with my wife through her parents neighborhood the following day. Electrical cables blown asunder. […]

Sara Hagerty writes, “Rarely do I notice the roots of a tree unless my feet stumble over them. I may notice the way branches above me cut across the sky as I pull out of my driveway. I may sit with my toddler in the shade or pick apples at an orchard with my children in early autumn. I may roll a newly fallen leaf between my fingers. But most of the time I walk unaware right over the roots, the hidden life of every tree that makes everything else-branches, shade, fruit, and leaves-possible at all.” (Unseen)