Thank you for reading this year. I hope you have been encouraged in some way. Below are the posts most read this year.
- An Unloved Woman. This is the fourth year in a row that this post made #1. What does Proverbs 30 tells us about a woman who has experienced significant rejection? What is likely to happen if she marries? Is there hope for change?
- Visit the Sick – Using Scripture. In suffering it is easy to forget to trust God. You know that Scripture can re-focus a sick person’s attention back to the character of God and His love for the sufferer, but you’re just not sure which passages to use. Here are some specific verses that speak to anxiety, discouragement, or a person approaching surgery, and other situations.
- When You Send Your Child to Residential Treatment. Handing the care and nurture of your child over to a residential facility may pose challenges for the family. Here are what parents might experience personally, what siblings might experience, and some big-picture ideas on what parents can do to grow spiritually, help the siblings adjust, and prepare for successful reentry of the troubled child into the home.
- The Primary Purpose of Marriage: Companionship. (Updated December 30, 2021) God provides marriage for our happiness and enrichment, yet He also holds higher aims than just our happiness. Adopting God’s view will change our behaviors, which results in a more satisfying relationship with one’s spouse. I also recommend: A Heavenly Purpose of Marriage: Image-bearing.
- They Say He Has No Conscience. The idea that some people lack a conscience is commonly accepted. “Normal” people feel remorse for doing wrong. Since perpetrators of extreme evil do not they must be mentally ill or not even have a conscience. But is this what the Bible teaches? This post is best read with its partner post, How can they be so remorseless?
- No Trust, No Love. Really? It is a popular notion that a person cannot love another unless they first trust him or her. Trust is, in certain relationships, extremely important and enhances love, but can it be justified as a necessary prerequisite before you can love another? This post is one of a series. The related posts will set it in a broader context.
- Common excuses for prodigals and criminals, and a solution-based view addresses mothers of wayward souls and looks at what the problem is not (like, low self-esteems, bullying, mental illness), what the problem is, and what help provides the most hope. It is not intended to be comprehensive of all factors, but to pierce to the underlying essence of the problem and urge parents to stop giving excuses to wayward children.
- In the Shadow of His Wings (Pt 2): What are the Benefits? How might the beautiful imagery of the shadow of God’s wings comfort and encourage a believer in the midst of hardships, grief, oppression, or other trials?
- Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. What do we do with loved ones who reject and walk away from us? The pain of loss is agonizing. How do we love the wayward child or rejecting loved one without enabling their harmful behavior? This is a book review.
- God’s Master Plan in Twelve Verses. God has a plan for all the world for all of history. He explains it repeatedly in the His own words, in the Word of God. One of the most concise summaries is in Psalm 2. This world is not out of God’s control. God is working His plan. Place your trust in Him.
I wish you a 2022 full of God’s grace and peace!