Month: October 2022

  • The Privileged Life: Three Ways to Redeem Halloween for Christ

    The Privileged Life: Three Ways to Redeem Halloween for Christ

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Halloween…is not my cup of apple cider. Give me pumpkins, fall festivals, corn mazes, leaf-peeking, sunflowers, and bright blue skies. All the morbid stuff of skeletons, bats, and vampires? Sorry, not interested. Not […]

  • The Privileged Life: Practicing the Presence of God

    The Privileged Life: Practicing the Presence of God

    “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob….” Psalm 114:7 Close your eyes, and join me on an idyllic Appalachian mountainside…radiant with fall colors, a crystal-clear brook, sun-dappled rhododendron, brittle leaves underfoot, rusty apples dangling within reach.  It’s easy to feel close to God in a place […]

  • The Privileged Life: The Secrets and Blessings of Contentment—In God’s Lap (Part 2)

    The Privileged Life: The Secrets and Blessings of Contentment—In God’s Lap (Part 2)

    “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Consider your current circumstances for a moment. Is this a season of joy? Grief? Envy? Or true contentedness? As Paul wrote to the Philippians, in verses 4:11-13, contentment is something to be learned […]

  • The Privileged Life: The Secrets and Blessings of Contentment—In the Eye of a Hurricane (Part 1)

    The Privileged Life: The Secrets and Blessings of Contentment—In the Eye of a Hurricane (Part 1)

    “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6) Lovely Sanibel Island—old Florida style, sparkling beaches, a shell-collector’s paradise—is ravaged. Almost unrecognizable. As Hurricane Ian plowed through the Fort Myers area on Sept. 28, 2022, it pounded Sanibel with 150-mile-per-hour winds. Lives, homes, businesses, and the connecting causeway were swept away. Foliage, once lush green, is […]

  • The Privileged Life: The Armor You Need When Under Attack

    The Privileged Life: The Armor You Need When Under Attack

    “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  (Ephesians 6:11) Some days, you can almost hear the fiery arrows flying past. A few hit their mark. Your boss chews you out in front of your co-workers. Zing. An unexpected bill arrives…and your bank account […]