Throughout Scripture, we repeatedly are instructed not to be afraid. God eased Abram’s concerns by telling him God was his shield (Genesis 15:1). Among others, God told Moses (Numbers 21:34, Deuteronomy 7:18, Deuteronomy 20:3), Hagar (Genesis 21:17), Joshua (Joshua 10:25, Joshua 11:6), Ruth (Ruth 3:11), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:8, Jeremiah 10:5, Jeremiah 30:10, Jeremiah 40:9, Jeremiah 42:11), Elijah […]

Colorful butterflies from flowers that leaped from their stalks; roses seated on the throne as king and queen; red cockscombs acting as chamberlains; blue violets that imagined themselves as naval cadets dancing with “young lady” hyacinths and crocuses; and refined, older women that once were yellow lilies and tulips. Hans Christian Andersen imagined flowers coming […]

Few people are honest about their weight, finances, or drinking habits. We stretch the truth even in innocent conversations. But lying to ourselves about any of these factors can put us in harm’s way. The ramifications of excessive alcohol consumption can be life-altering contributing toward both mental and physical decline. Not only is alcoholism linked […]

When Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden, God did not abandon them. Yes, they now encountered sin, disease, and death, but God was still with them and surrounded them with elements of natural healing. God provides in all ways. Herbs are one of those elements in which God’s blessed us. While […]

“Required by Emperor Augusts to register, Joseph and the very pregnant Mary journeyed from the meager comforts of their home in Nazareth to the overcrowded and unwelcoming city of Bethlehem. Not one person opened their door to the coming of the Messiah. Mary found herself giving birth in a stable, among the field animals, and laying […]

Tread carefully on one another’s hearts this holiday season. We can’t know the pain and sorrow anyone, including a close friend or family member, carries. They may wear a perpetual smile that masks an aching heart. The holidays are an emotional time and can be quite disheartening for those who  experienced a significant disappointment or […]

On December 8 we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Mary’s conception without the stain of original sin. The word immaculate means without stain. But her unique, stainless conception is so much more than that incredible phenomenon. The Angel greeted Mary saying, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28). This […]