“In God’s Word, He said 365 times, ‘Do Not Fear.’ Once time for each day.” -Facing the Giants “I’ve resolved to give God everything I’ve got and leave the results up to Him.” -Facing the Giants The Christian film, Facing the Giants, explored a concept that is deeply rooted in Scripture. […]Read more "Motivating Monday – “When Giants Fall”"
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you…may He grant you according to your heart’s desire, and fulfill all your purpose… Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” – Psalm 20:1, […]Read more "Response to Local Church Bombings"
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” Edgar Allan Poe – The Raven When I was young, my brother and I came across a collection of short stories by Edgar Allan Poe while visiting our grandparents. My brother was fascinated […]Read more "E: Edgar Allan Poe and Universal Emotion"
“Every day is Halloween. Putting on our masks is a regular part of our morning ritual, just like brushing our teeth and eating breakfast. The masquerade, however, is anything but festive. Underneath the masks are people who are terrified that there will be an unveiling.” Dr. Edward Welch, When People Are Big and God Is […]Read more "Webber’s “Masquerade” & the Masks We All Wear"
Okay readers, I have had to face my fears today! You all know that I have a deathly fear of clowns (probably because they’re nothing but pure evil)… So imagine my shock when I logged onto the computer this morning and discovered that today’s Flash! Friday competition involved… you got it… CLOWNS! We were given […]Read more "Facing My Fear of Clowns at Flash! Friday"
“Sissy’s cryin’,” our two-year old son told me the other morning as I walked into his room to wake him up. “Sissy’s cryin’!” I believed him, but was a little surprised since Mommy and I had heard nothing about it. It’s not uncommon for Sissy to have trouble sleeping if the branches outside happen […]Read more "When the Darkness Closes…"
I catch myself fidgeting nervously as I sit among my new friends at the “Fraidy-Cats Anonymous” meeting. One by one, they tell their stories, describing how they’re deathly afraid of spiders, tornadoes, black cats, etc. Then it’s my turn, and all eyes fall on me. I swallow hard. “My name is John Mark,” I begin […]Read more "Coulrophobia – My Irrational Fear of Clowns"
Stalked by Fear, Part II As I strolled down life’s bright path, warmed by the radiant optimism in the air, my foot landed upon a yellowed page with a soft crunch. Overtaken by curiosity, I unraveled the old paper and realized it was a letter. As it turned out, it was the saddest letter I […]Read more "Stalked by Fear, Part II"
Stalked by Fear: Part I He used to tip-toe into my room at night, grabbing me by the throat until my breath came in short gasps. My heart would beat wildly against my chest as I listened to the clock tick-tick-tick the hours away, the stench of his breath making it difficult to breathe. For […]Read more "Stalked by Fear: Part I"