Reflection

Remembering God’s Faithfulness

I grew up in a culture of shame. That meant putting on a mask was essential. Image mattered because you didn’t want to bring shame on yourself but especially upon your family. Therefore, failure was not an option, the truth became subjective and honesty became situational. One of the things I love about the Bible…

How to Conquer Fear and Shame

One of the most important things for any believer to understand is how fear and shame impact our identity. Being a part of a culture where these two facets are often demonstrated in an unwillingness to risk because of the possibility of failure and losing face, I understand first-hand how paralyzing this can be and…

Getting What We Don’t Deserve

When I was a new Christian, it was difficult to read the Old Testament. Most of the preaching and teaching focused on Jesus, the disciples and the work of the Holy Spirit. In Genesis 43, we read the story of Joseph and his relationship with his siblings after his rise to power in Egypt. This…

A Desperate Faith

One of a parent’s greatest fears is when their child goes missing. We often hear harrowing stories and think of worst case scenarios when there is an “Amber alert.” I sometimes wonder what those parents are thinking? There must be a sense of fear and desperation. Hopefully, none of us will never have to face…

Grace to Fight Temptation

I was again reminded this week of the importance of prayer. As Christians, it is easy to fall into the temptation of taking God for granted. This leads to letting our guards down and falling to the wiles of Satan. Jesus’ reminder to pray regularly against temptation reminds us just how prevalent and dangerous the…