We met in May of 1979 at Skate Ranch in Lubbock, Texas. Steve had just finished Tech School with the Air Force and was at his first duty station at Reese AFB, Texas. He was a crew chief on the flight line for the T-38 jets.

I had just relocated…


My next topic of consideration is “unmet expectations.” Specifically how we as Believers handle the various emotions and reactions that accompany them.

Expectation is defined as “a strong belief that something will happen or be the case in the future.” Also “a belief that someone will or should achieve something.”…


At our church every service concludes with the “passing of the Peace.” Because I am still relatively new to the traditions of the Presbyterian Church, I feel awkward when church members approach me and say, “Peace of Christ.” Why do I feel awkward? Is it only because it is a…


“What So Proudly We Hail — The Peacemaker”

by Joyce Kilmer Circa 1918

Upon his will he binds a radiant chain,

for Freedom’s sake he is no longer free.

It is his task, the slave of Liberty,

with his own blood to wipe away a stain.

That pain may cease…


Since a very young age I have always been exceedingly uncomfortable with conflict. To me conflict was a threat to my security. If my parents were arguing, the angry tones and words and sometimes tears would fill my young heart with dread. Conflict with my brothers would often lead to…


Since a very young age I have always been exceedingly uncomfortable with conflict. To me conflict was a threat to my security. If my parents were arguing, the angry tones and words and sometimes tears would fill my young heart with dread. Conflict with my brothers would often lead to…


I am not positive how to summarize my thoughts about suffering. It’s not something I ever thought I would recognize as a gift and privilege, much less welcome it. And I don’t know that even the most Godly of Christians really welcomes suffering. I think the closest truth would be…


As I continue to ponder suffering, I must admit the worst suffering I endure is the suffering I bring upon myself. How many hours of my life have I spent worrying? Worry is the product of fear and doubt. Worry truly is a torturous and tormenting form of suffering that…


Hebrews 10:35

“Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

I am beginning a new Bible study by Nancy Guthrie. The title of this…


My next topic of consideration is suffering. More to the point, the role of suffering in the life of a Christian. A lot of people want to believe that to be a follower of Jesus Christ means to be protected from the pain of suffering. As believers, we do receive…

Cynthia Breen

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