How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

  She looks at me through watery eyes, her grief seeping through her pores like something souring. She tells me she just wants to know for sure that she’ll see him again – the brother she lost too soon.  She says he professed belief in God.  He was a good person.  She wants to know […]

Calendar Confusion

Calendar Confusion

Calendar Confusion by Peggy Blann Phifer @pegphifer The above picture is the April page of my oversize wall calendar that is on my desktop in front of my computer. I use it to keep track of any appointments I have, as well as birthdays and anniversaries, etc., and daily words written on a particular day […]

The Legacy of Forgiveness

The Legacy of Forgiveness

There’s a story in 2 Chronicles 24 about a godly priest named Jehoiada. He spearheaded the restoration of the temple and kept King Joash on the straight and narrow way. However, when Jehoiada died, King Joash was influenced by his officials and led astray. He abandoned the temple and was unfaithful to the Lord. The […]

There is Now No More Condemnation

There is Now No More Condemnation

A story is told in the book of John 8:3-11 of a certain woman who was caught in the very act of adultery. She was brought before Jesus by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. They quoted the law of Moses citing that such a woman, according to the law, was eligible for […]

Where is God’s Justice?

Where is God’s Justice?

Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just zap people when they are hurting others?  If someone is killing or robbing people, why doesn’t God just strike that person down, as with a bolt of lightning?  How can He let people get away with evil? The problem is that our sense of justice is not […]

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Lessons from Grout: How we Cover Up and Avoid What Needs Cleaning

Mediterranean terracotta tiles cover most of the first floor of my home. I’ve noticed for a few years now how dirty the grout around those tiles has become. Hiring someone to come in with a big steam cleaner felt like a loud and messy solution to improving the look of the floor. A friend had […]

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

A Bitter Wife Who Can Find?

I have a love/hate relationship with Proverbs 31. You know that passage, the one that describes the perfect wife. At times I find it encouraging and other times it seems like a pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, utterly unattainable to us mere mortals. 😉 Verses 10-12 say: A wife of noble character who can find?     She is worth far […]

One Important Piece

One Important Piece

I love to talk about the transformed mind because I feel it’s such a critical component of our ongoing sanctification. Romans 12:2 tells us to not let our minds be imprinted by the world, but rather to be transformed by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. And one important piece of developing this […]

The Tenderness of Jesus

The Tenderness of Jesus

  The most striking revelation of Jesus Christ in my life is the revelation of his tenderness. For most of my life, the holiness and power of Jesus dominated my perception of him.  He is a friend, but he is well above me – this I knew.  His ways are not my ways – of […]

Choosing To Be a Slave

Choosing To Be a Slave

Slave. The word is ugly in any language. To be forced to call another person “master,” to be denied the freedom of choice in every matter of life—who you marry, where you live, your vocation—is anathema, a cursed thing. With man’s inhumanity toward man, slavery has existed for ages. In some cultures, like ancient Rome, […]

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

God’s Parenting Skills, He Doesn’t Let His Kids Get Away With ANYTHING!

After years and years of teaching in elementary schools, I’ve overheard plenty of kid conversations in the classroom and on the playground. They’re not shy talking about their home lives. For example (my thoughts in parentheses): “My mom never lets me do anything fun.” (Good for her—if that means he can’t go out to play […]

The Equality of Easter

How do you know if you are equal to other Christians? Do you look at your fellow parishioners’ clothing and judge whether it is more elegant than yours? Do you measure another’s ability to sing, play an instrument, or teach Sunday school and determine your worth in comparison? We have all envied someone else’s talent, […]

When Have You Gone Too Far?

When Have You Gone Too Far?

Love, trust, betrayal. There’s an ongoing argument in my family. I’m going deep here, and I very much desire reader input. Here’s the question up for debate: if a person fits the parameters of Luke 9:62 and/or Hebrews 10:26, are they consigned to hell with no hope of reconciliation with God? Have they gone too […]

EGR

EGR

Recently, my women’s Bible Study was puzzled at one member’s comments about an individual needing EGR. What did she mean by EGR? Well, she explained how this person in her church always differed with everyone else’s opinion in meetings, often very annoyingly so. How it had to be his way or the highway. How there […]

The Light of God’s Love

The Light of God’s Love

With our recent political activities causing much dissension and anger, we can find ourselves overwhelmed by watching too many news reports or talk shows. Even if we are not engaging in disruptive behavior, our emotions can become involved if we do not take the time to recognize what is happening in our feelings. February is […]

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

The People Who Can’t Accept Your Forgiveness

Have you ever had someone you forgave just not seem to accept your forgiveness? Forgiveness is such an awesome concept that I don’t think many of us really understand it or accept it as much as we should. It’s one of the things that, as a relationships writer, I get asked about a lot. I’ve […]

Dropping the Trash

Dropping the Trash

I don’t have to haul my trash to the curb like some folks do. Where I live, the city has strategically placed dumpsters in alleys and behind businesses. Since I live outside the city limit on a county highway, I’m not near an alley. I haul my trash to town and drop it in any […]

The Scab Picker

The Scab Picker

Lord, I placed this issue in Your hands, why aren’t You taking care of it? Ah, Peggy, how can I, when you keep taking it back? Ever found yourself in that situation? For some reason, we can’t just commit a problem to the Lord and simply let it go. We worry on it. It gnaws […]