Shake Off Your Jealousy!

  And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that…

Trusting in the Midst of Trials

   Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had…

In Trials Like These, Part 2

On April 26, 2019, around 6:30 in the morning, I suffered my first seizure. It occurred while I was sleeping so fortunately, I do not remember it. This seizure caused me to fall out of my bunk at college which was about five feet off the ground. I fell directly on my head and continued…

In Trials Like These, Part 1

I fell asleep that night as care-free as a 19-year-old sophomore in college at the end of the semester could be able to. With finals coming up and a ton of packing to do, I went out for donuts a few hours earlier with my roommate, Taylor, and another friend to shake off the accumulating…

Faith During Persecution

Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the…

A Very Present Help

“Your baby is not going to make it. She will eventually die.” Sitting behind his desk, my gynecologist gave my husband and me this difficult news. It was my nineteenth week of pregnancy. Having had only one child after seventeen years of marriage and several miscarriages early in pregnancies, my husband and I were surprised…

Culture Clash in Cambodia

As the plane soared above O’Hare Airport, the elevation change reflected the rapid change in my life situation. I was raised in small-town America, the child of a country church pastor, and very comfortable with my deep south Bible-belt social sphere. Until I married Forrest McPhail, I had never been on an airplane, and until…

Thorns

It was a lovely Saturday morning. I was still in my robe enjoying a second cup of coffee when the phone interrupted my tranquility. It was a good friend whose daughter’s world had just been shattered. She had come home from work the night before and found a note on the table from her husband…

Are You Willing to Pray?

Now Saul was consenting to his [Stephen’s] death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. As for Saul, he…

Count it Joy!

And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke….