What If We Got What We Deserved?

What If We Got What We Deserved?

Quite often when someone wrongs or offends us, we tend to look the other way and think, “they will get what’s coming to them … and if I’m lucky I can witness”. I recently heard of a great misfortune that happened to someone who had wronged me. My initial thought was “well he got what […]

Should I Fight Anger?

Should I Fight Anger?

Some psychologists say that it’s unhealthy to stuff down your feelings. They advocate freely expressing your anger. If you are upset, communicate it to others! Otherwise you’ll be emotionally blocked and paralyzed. Our culture tells us we have a “right” to be heard, and they protest in the streets to express their outrage. Anger is […]

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

Forgive, As the Lord Forgave You

For me, forgiving those who have trespassed against me can be hard; especially, if the treatment is unprovoked or unwarranted. When faced with difficult moments in life that require I forgive someone for treating me wrong, I’m always reminded of Colossians 3:13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a […]

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 […]

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

A Stone’s Throw From Grace

When they persisted in questioning Him, He stood up and said to them, “The one without sin among you should be the first to throw a stone at her.” John 8:7 Imagine with me the scene that day. A woman has been caught in the act of adultery. In biblical times, it’s a crime punishable […]

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Seven Keys to Emotional Health

Depression is an overwhelming malady in our society today. Television commercials abound with promises of new drugs to elevate mood and make your day better. Too many people want quick fixes for their problems while ignoring the root cause of their issues. Medication for depression may alter body chemicals, but the pill cannot make someone […]

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 […]

A Constant State of Complaint

A Constant State of Complaint

Why is it I do what I hate? Sometimes, my mind is in a constant state of confusion and complaint. I’m not counting my blessings, and I see nothing but dark around me. I must admit, it lasts anywhere from hours to a few days. And I know better, having been a follower of Christ […]

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 […]

Does God Have Favorites?

Does God Have Favorites?

Have you ever wondered if God likes some people more than others?  After all, some people really seem to be blessed with so much.  The Bible highlights God’s powerful intervention and blessings in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and David.  Jesus took only three of His disciples up to the Mount of Transfiguration.  And […]

Holy Week

Holy Week

                                                      Holy Week I have been studying the book of John in Bible Study Fellowship and you may know that this apostle gives a most compassionate and heart-rending story […]

Drama

Drama

I’ve never been a drama queen. In fact, I’m happy if I’m not anywhere near drama and will do whatever I can to make sure it doesn’t find me. But unfortunately in this day and age, drama isn’t always avoidable. It crops up in our families, at work, and in our surroundings. The point is […]

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 […]

Prayer and Praying

Prayer and Praying

NOTE: The below is an adaptation of a document I wrote for my late husband back in 1996—a baby Christian at the time—when he was seeking to know more about my faith and beliefs. For some reason, I felt led to share it here today. ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ “Oh, God,” you hear someone say. […]

Guilt or Grace?

Guilt or Grace?

So now, those who are in Christ Jesus are not judged guilty. Through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit that brings life made you free from the law that brings sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 It had happened…again. I’d sworn it wouldn’t happen, but it had. And I’d made the promise just last week. […]