Into the Valley of Darkness


What hope is there in this world? More specifically, what hope is there in this world outside of Christ?

Somewhere in the world tonight, a child cowers in fear as he hides from his drunken father. In his drunken rage he is looking to beat someone down and since the mother has already escaped his grasp, he searches for his son. In this sickening world, he will find his son, and he will throw his son around, slap him, punch him, and leave him bloodied and bruised. What do we say to this little boy?

Sometime tonight a father is going to wake up to police at his door, telling him that his son has died in a car crash. This child he has been blessed with, struggled with, and fought to bring up in this world and keep safe will no longer be with him. He will not see his son’s wedding, he will not see his son graduate from college; his son will be nothing more than a memory to him at that point. What do we say to this grieving father?

Across town, a young mother to be discovers she’s pregnant. When she goes to the father, he refuses to take any responsibility. Her church ostracizes her when they find out and her parents tell her she can’t stay in the house if she has that baby. With not other options she walks toward the abortion clinic. As she stands in front of it, hopeless and alone, what do we say to her?

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The comfort of God’s sovereignty


The other day I heard an advertisement on the radio for a group of psychics here in Fort Worth. They promised accurate readings that can’t be found from other psychics in the area or on the phone. I laughed and made fun of it – how in the world could anyone believe that stuff? I haven’t thought about it until today, but without Christ I would see the need to consult a psychic. Continue reading