The world is once again blowing up.

Russia being Russia. Putin being Putin. It is comical to see news clips from Russian TV about the Malaysian Air disaster. Those who remember the old Soviet Union will chuckle and think, “Pravda” lives!

The Middle East is blowing up… again. All the old pre-trib guys are warming up the presses to bring out the 14th editions of their “end times” books they wrote in … 1970.

Russians and Ukrainians.

Jews and Palestinians.

But what gets passed over… shocking! … is the news of Christians getting butchered, chased out of town, taxed heavily, and having ancient landmarks destroyed. But… who cares. It’s Christians. It’s their turn. Right?

I am not waiting for this U.S. government to step up to call out ISIS. Not when it’s attacks on Christians. But I honestly don’t have that expectation at any time. None of us should.

But I remember Mosul when I think of how angry I could be at other things happening in my own tiny world. It keeps me balanced. Sober. And desiring to be more prepared in my own walk.

And I pray. I pray for those in Iraq. In Gaza. In Sudan. In Nigeria.

Places we won’t hear about on the evening news. Or from politicians. But places we need to be aware of as the Body of Christ… and seeking God’s comfort and strength in the lives of these brothers and sisters.

Lord, hear our prayer.


The incredible power of the crucifixion

The irony of Jesus’ crucifixion is often lost in a couple of poorly translated words. We often just don’t know what to do with the words in that context, so it ends up being that Jesus was crucified with a couple of thieves.

Actually, Barabbas, along with the two crucified with Jesus, were probably terrorists. They threatened the Empire. Jesus is exchanged for a terrorist when the crowd wants Barabbas released. Then, he is hung with two terrorists in public humiliation.

The power of the crucifixion gets more real to me all the time.


Get your soul in gear

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits— (Ps. 103:1-2)

We can speak to our souls. The deepest seat of our deepest emotions is like the “control center” of our being. And there are times we need to speak out and get it in gear.

We can choose to recite the negative things going on in our lives… and the ills of life… and the tragedies we face…

Or… we can line it up and begin to go over the benefits of our gracious God.

What do we choose?