Seek First The Kingdom

Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I always read this text and get out of it with this understanding that; “If I should devote myself to kingdom business with effort to attend righteousness, I will … ∞

The Modern-Day Leper

The story of the leper cleansed by Jesus is one that I can identify with all too well. Have you ever felt like you could identify with the leper in this story? Or maybe you feel like you can identify with Jesus himself. Sometimes I feel like I can identify … ∞

At Peace With The Past

*Greetings and salutations, readers of the Kerux! This blog post does mention eating disorders, so if that is at all triggering to you, it may be wise not to read it. Do what’s best for your well-being. 🙂 If you’ve met me in person, then you might know that I … ∞

Dirty Footstool

Oh Feet, lovely feet My Father’s feet rest on upon the earth, a dirty footstool. He made me just like Him, for my feet also rest on upon the dirt. Everything on earth is underfoot. Oh feet, beautiful feet, capable of crushing others. Created to go, to bring good news, … ∞

Bodies of Divinity

My children made sled runs last week. They hauled piles of snow onto the edge of the deck and packed everything down–that initial drop is important–then they start to sled. At first they only make it a few feet. The incline of our yard is gentle (to the relief of … ∞

Faith Amidst Persecution

Boko Haram translated; “Western education is forbidden” in Hausa is an Islamic sect that believes politics in northern Nigeria has been seized by a group of corrupt, false Muslims. It wants to wage a war against them, and the Federal Republic of Nigeria generally, to create a “pure” Islamic state … ∞

Sabbath-ed So Hard

“I don’t have time to Sabbath right now,” I confess to my friend on the other side of the video screen. “I know I’m not supposed to say that,” I continue, “but that’s just how it feels. Sunday has become my day for catching up on the rest of my … ∞

The Struggle Is Real

Trigger Warning: Depression. Anxiety. Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day: not only do I adore breakfast food, but I will not function very well during the day if I have not had anything to eat in the morning. My breakfast routine is simple: choose what I am … ∞

For Such A Time As This

—a bitter humor— A blessing run amok I did not ask for this: Beautiful and appalling. Volatile, voiceless Disturbing reality of a God gone silent for such a time as this. I did not ask for this: Abandoned, reaching, trembling. “Cursed be Haman!” “Blessed be Mordecai!” I’m drunk, it all … ∞

MIRROR YOURSELF IN THE WORD

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18). The term “glass” in the scripture above is the Greek “katoptrizomai,” and it … ∞

The Intense Intensive

There are many things to be said about Distance Learning. However, it comes with many pros and cons. Each of us in the distance program has our unique way of looking at this learning format. Some of us thoroughly enjoy being able to study from home somewhat on our schedule. … ∞

THE DIFFICULT LOVE

Love has been the anchor of Christianity – and this has made Christianity a difficult and a unique religion in my perspective. (Matt 22:37; 39) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 39 And the second … ∞

A Comparison of Prayer

Why Do We Pray? The Catholic tradition has always held a sense of mystery for me. Growing up in Nebraska, there were a lot of Catholics around. The Catholic church was one of the largest in our small town, and many of my friends and teachers ascribed to the Catholic … ∞