Archives For So That the World May Believe

He was a faithful man. Faithful to his Lord and his wife and his ministry.

He was one of the few “famous” evangelists who never seemed to stumble–who never got caught in a moral quagmire.

A lesser-known fact about evangelist Billy Graham is that he worked with Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in Poland to take the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain. When Graham landed in Wojtyla’s Poland, however, he was unable to meet with Wojtyla–who had been called to Rome to became Pope John Paul II.

Billy Graham preached in Wojtyla’s pulpit. He carried the Gospel wherever God led him–wherever people let him.

He was America’s pastor. He was the world’s pastor too.

He belonged fully and completely to Jesus Christ.

May we follow in his footsteps. Continue Reading…

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Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful, Colossians 3: 15.

Twenty-two years ago yesterday, I married my best friend. Only then we weren’t quite best friends yet.

God had brought us both through nasty forests before we could be together. But once we married, life was still not all sunshine. There were mountains to climb and valleys to endure. Sometimes life rained trials.

Joy comes with the sunshine. But marriage is hard work. It isn’t the days of sunshine that keep people together. It’s enduring the climbs, the low points, and the rain together.

We were impressed by the number of climbs we faced in one year alone. Continue Reading…

I’ve signed a contract with Morgan James Publishing for Restoring the Shattered (working title).

Restoring the Shattered discusses my experiences in poverty as a single mother and how Christians helped me and my children climb out of need. Our journey shows the power Christians manifest when they live out the Gospel for the sake of others.

Our family’s story illustrates common problems in our society, broken families and split communities, problems that reflect a splintered Church–whose fracturing means social problems will fall to government. And government does not hold the solution to society’s ills. So they grow worse.

But a Church acting in accord can provide solutions and can effectively lift people out of need into independence. That can happen if Christians will acknowledge that true believers come in all shapes and sizes–in more denominations than we might like to admit.

Restoring the Shattered considers the basis behind our differences–various doctrines, common misunderstandings, and the causes of the Reformation and other schisms. The original schism resulted from a misinterpretation of languages between East and West. Misunderstanding our faith languages feeds separation today. Continue Reading…

Big News Coming!

February 15, 2018 — Leave a comment

I remember the sermon–pieces of it–even though I heard it nearly four decades ago. The pastor explained the process by which dreams die.

The gist is this: You have a dream. You nurture it–feed it, cultivate it, pray over it, and wait. But it dies.

And just when your hope is gone, God resurrects it. Your dream that had died lives again.

My dream lives today.

And my big announcement is coming SOON!

(Hint) Tomorrow!

Staaaaaaaayyyyyyy tuned!


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“Uncommon valor was a common virtue,” Admiral Chester Nimitz said after the Battle of Iwo Jima in March of 1945.

Surely among the number Nimitz praised were servicemen who, in their younger days, had tried the patience of teachers convinced their young charges would amount to little in life.

Such was the case for three young men depicted in Clint Eastwood’s recently released The 15:17 to Paris.

The movie is not in danger of garnering any Oscars. It’s not a remarkable movie. But it tells a remarkable story. Continue Reading…

“Manhood must be demonstrated. It is largely an action. Womanhood is an essence. Manhood does. Womanhood is.” (Qtd. by Stanton)

That’s a statement many would challenge today. That there is a difference–and that the difference is significant.

Some might challenge the statement as religious. After all, it is largely in the orthodox corners of Christianity that such discussion happens at all today.

But this statement comes from a secular person–one who did not advocate biblical marriage and sexual purity. Continue Reading…

Messy Beauty

February 5, 2018 — Leave a comment

“People are messy; therefore, relationships will be messy. Don’t be surprised by messiness.” Tim Keller

We are a family–me, my husband, my children, and theirs. When my family was just me and young children, we were a beautiful mess of chaos and disorder that I constantly worked to organize. Managing five children often moving in five directions taught me that an ideal degree of order must by necessity contain some mess.

The messiness of life spills over into seven houses now with various degrees of order and chaos.

We are far from perfect. But perfection comes not in avoiding the mess–but in embracing the beauty of it. Continue Reading…

What does the United States have in common with Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam?

All these nations allow abortion after 20 weeks.

The US Senate last week failed to bring us up to the level of most European nations, countries that outlaw abortion for babies who’ve reached the halfway point of pregnancy–many even sooner at 12 weeks.

It’s one of many ironies that when doctors perform surgery on an unborn child–a child they intend to help live–they routinely administer anesthesia to the child.

But when children of the same gestational age are aborted, they receive no painkilling medication. These children die as their nerve endings fully convey the killing process through the child.

It is the doublethink of George Orwell’s 1984the ability to hold two contradictory thoughts in one’s mind and not consider them inconsistent. Continue Reading…

Turning Bad into Good

January 29, 2018 — 2 Comments

For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. II Corinthians 1: 5-6 (NABRE)

Earthquakes, wildfires, floods, mudslides, blizzards–and war, poverty, abuse, and hunger. If there were a God, atheists claim, such bad events would never happen. Because bad things happen, there cannot be a good God–they claim.

But how good would people be if no one ever had to be a hero? If everyone escaped tragedy, there would be no heroes to celebrate. Without bad things happening–how could we be good? Continue Reading…

“Under Cecile’s leadership, Planned Parenthood has been exposed for refusing to report statutory rape and abuse, for aiding sex traffickers, for taking money to abort black babies, and for illegally profiting off of the body parts they have aborted. Ms. Richards leaves the organization just as the FBI is investigating likely criminal actions by the abortion giant.” Penny Nance

The good news is she’s leaving Planned Parenthood. But it may not matter who takes her place. Business as usual.

The bad news is she may be the next governor of Texas.

God bless Texas and preserve the people from such a fate.

And God bless Ms. Richards with the gift of a repentant heart and a cleansed soul.


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