Suffering and the Goodness of God

Present Suffering and Future Glory

The Christmas season has been in full swing now for over 2 weeks, and I have yet to participate in any activities associated with this time of year.   I have yet to: 1.     Unpack the Christmas decorations 2.     Buy or decorate a Christmas tree 3.     Buy any Christmas presents 4.     Go to a Christmas party… Continue reading Present Suffering and Future Glory

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:6-8, Part 3 – There is a time for everything

In Part 3 of my blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, I am highlighting Ecclesiastes 3 verses 6 to 8 which are a part of the 8 verses titled, “A Time for Everything.”  These 8 verses contain contrasting activities.  Solomon, who penned these lines, is teaching us that life is a balance of… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:6-8, Part 3 – There is a time for everything

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:4-5, Part 2 – There is a time for everything

In Part 2 of my blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, I am highlighting Ecclesiastes 3:4-5. Verses 4 through 5 are the midpoint of the first 8 verses in the 3rd chapter of Ecclesiastes that are framed with the title, A Time for Everything. There is a rhythm to these verses as each… Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:4-5, Part 2 – There is a time for everything

Suffering and the Goodness of God

Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, Part 1 – There is a time for everything

I can’t think of a better way to begin my new blog series, Suffering and the Goodness of God, than with verses 1 through 8 in the 3rd chapter of the book of Ecclesiastes.  Solomon, the author, was known as a spectacularly wealthy and wise King of Israel who succeeded his father, King David.  … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, Part 1 – There is a time for everything

Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven

Psalm 84 – They go from strength to strength

Psalm 84 is the next Psalm I am highlighting in my series, “Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven.”   The 12 verses in this psalm paint a picture of the Israelites on a pilgrimage, and God is their destination and the source of all their hopes and dreams.  As they travel to be with God,… Continue reading Psalm 84 – They go from strength to strength

Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven

Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

  Psalm 23 A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2     He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3     he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear… Continue reading Psalm 23 – The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing

Psalms that awaken a longing for heaven

Psalm 16 – Apart from God I have no good thing

Psalm 16 A miktam[a] of David. 1 Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” 3 I say of the holy people who are in the land, “They are the noble ones in whom is all my… Continue reading Psalm 16 – Apart from God I have no good thing

Songs that inspire thoughts of heaven

One Moment in Time – Song #3

The song One Moment in Time is a worldwide hit sung by Whitney Houston and written for the 1988 Summer Olympics held in Seoul, South Korea.  This song is about pursuing those moments in time when all your hard work and sacrifice culminate to a glorious celebration that makes you feel like you are racing… Continue reading One Moment in Time – Song #3

Songs that inspire thoughts of heaven

Somewhere Out There – Song #2

The song Somewhere Out There was released in 1986 and recorded by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram for the soundtrack of An American Tail.  The lyrics convey the love felt by two people separated by vast distances, but they are encouraged by the belief that their love will eventually reunite them to be with each… Continue reading Somewhere Out There – Song #2