Land O Goshen! Why it Seems Like the Wheels are Coming Off

Hope for the day when God will again draw the line.

The curious phrase: “Land O Goshen!” is a way folks in the southern US expressed amazement or angst. As we look at today’s world, the biblical land of Goshen gives us good reason for amazement and frustration.

Land O Goshen in Eastern Nile Delta

(Photo: Land of Goshen in Eastern Nile Delta. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

As Christians in a fallen world, it’s easy to feel like the wheels are coming off of God’s plan. After all:

  • Morality is optional.
  • Truth is relative.
  • Disease runs rampant.
  • Power is abused.

And (here’s the rub) God stands by and allows it all.

But the land of Goshen offers us hope. 

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What Your Constant Home Repairs are Really Repairing

If you’re like me, you’ve noticed something is always breaking or needing upkeep around your house. I have to confess it’s been a doozy of a couple of weeks. Oh, man.

What Your Constant Home Repairs are Really Repairing

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Stuff wears out. Off the top of my head, here are a few samples from the last two weeks (no kidding):

  • I replaced our clothes washer motor.
  • My car needed new tires.
  • A sprinkler head broke.
  • Our mailbox stand needs replacing, so I’m building a new one.
  • Our mower needed a new “hood.”
  • I replaced the septic tank’s electric pump.

I’ll just stop there. Who knows what’s next? I’m convinced the constant breakdowns and home repairs in our lives are really designed to repair something else.

These are intended for a bigger repair.

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How to Deal with Jerks in Your Life

I’m always amazed how some couples have no problem fighting in public. Once I stood in the popcorn line at the movies and the couple in front of me were arguing. In this case, the man was way out of line.

I wanted to take his popcorn, soft drink, and hot cheesy nachos and dump them down his pants.

How to Deal with the Jerks in Your Life

(Photo: by Robert Byron, via Vivozoom)

Some people are, well, just flat unlovable. On good days we call them “jerks.” On bad days we’re tempted to cross the line and be jerks right back at them.

It’s for those days the Scriptures urge us:

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. . . . If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. —Romans 12:17–19

Sometimes this command seems impossible with jerks. And honestly?

It is.

Only with God’s help can you deal with the jerks in your life.

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Stormed by Stealth

“Stormed by Stealth”–
Mark 4:21-34 —

Sometimes God’s plan seems off-base. The building of God’s kingdom seldom makes headlines. Furthermore, our weary struggle often seems futile. But Jesus reveals God’s program may seem to be dragging, but actually it is storming the world by stealth. In a visual age of instant everything, Jesus’ parables encourage patient and persistent faith toward a certain and overwhelming outcome.

(c) 2008 Wayne Stiles