We Got Engaged!

Dear friends and family,   What so many of us were praying for and hoping for (none more than myself!) has finally arrived. Genesis and I are officially engaged! We are so blessed and encouraged! Despite a ludicrously-busy month of May, one full of surprises, where we encountered great joy and sorrow, I was reminded […]

A Terrible and Wonderful Longing

The chief goal of humankind can be summed-up in a search for two things: to be eternally loved and eternally happy. The ultimate purpose of religion, philosophy, and utopian ideals is the grandiose promise to achieve this end. It is not only religion, philosophy, and utopian ideals which try and bring us love and happiness, for […]

Book Review: “Captive in Iran”

There are thousands of books published on a regular basis, and finding one worth reading is often quite difficult. Personally I am very selective with what I read, with author and/or topic being very important. One of the benefits of modern technology is the ability to listen to a vast variety of audiobooks here in […]

Christ: The Satisfier of My Thirst (Devotional)

Reading: Exodus 17 (After an impressive exodus from Egypt and an escape from the jaws of death by the shores of the Red Sea, some 1,000,000 Jews follow Moses as they begin to distrust him to care for them in the Arabian Desert. Their distrust is not of him though, it is ultimately of God, […]

Lose Yourself (Devotional)

Passage: Matthew 16 (Context: Christ makes a shift away from offering the Kingdom to offering the Gospel to the world. The Jews had rejected Him as King, so He would become their Savior instead, as was prophesied. With this change in pursuit came a change in thinking: suffering was to become a staple in the […]

“Lord, Help Me!” (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 15 (Context: Jesus lays into the Pharisees once again, calling them legalistic hypocrites, more akin to blind men on a treacherous walk than to trained leaders. Jesus then, perhaps looking for a little “time off”, heads to Decapolis and to the area of Tyre and Sidon, the Northern Greek section of Israel. There Jesus, seemingly […]

Jesus: Profound, Polarizing, & Radical (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 6 (Context: The Sermon on the Mount continues, as Jesus’ teaching continues to amaze them. The topic in this chapter speaks about the love of self, money, and of this world in general.) Jesus was radical — His teaching was new, fresh, and surprising. He was polarizing, whereas people either loved Him with […]

Help My Unbelief! (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 22-3. (Context: Abraham is 1st born, Isaac, is to be killed by his father, by God’s command. The situation is clearly a typology, never meant to actually kill Isaac, but obviously predicting the day when God would “kill” His own Son, Jesus Christ on the cross, in our place. The next chapter […]

Don’t Waste Your Weaknesses (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 17-18. (Context: Abram and Sarai are promised a son, to be called Isaac. Skepticism ensues  of course, seeing that they are 99 and 89, respectively. God also changes their names from Abram and Sarai, to Abraham and Sarah. Circumcision is instituted in Abraham’s household, separating his household as God’s Household, and future Nation. Lastly, […]

The God of the Improbable (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-3. (Context: Abram, previous to his later name change, is called-out by God to be the father of the world’s most important and impressive people group, the Jews.) Throughout Genesis, the chronology is both fast-forwarded and very broad. Names and places, events and natural disasters fly by at break-back speed. The time slows and the […]