Sweet Talk – Rose’s Blog

NO MERCY FOR YOU!

“I hate him!  I hope he burns in hell!” Gulp! How do you handle it when someone spits out such fury?  What do you say? What do you do?  I’ve heard this too many times in my twenty-plus years ministering to the separated and divorced.  Sadly, I’ve witnessed well-meaning but misdirected responses such as: Oh, dear. You shouldn’t feel that... Read More

PRAYING? BE CAREFUL!

“Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you…” Well, that’s pretty bold of James and John, the sons of Zebedee!  In Mark’s Gospel (Mark 10: 35-45) we hear about how these two practically demanded the choice seats in heaven.  And yet if we see God as a Loving Father, he encourages us to be bold in asking him for what we need.... Read More

AN ANGRY AND UGLY MOB

Imagine a man got drunk, then angry at his wife, slapped her hard across her face, made the kids cry, kicked the beloved family dog, and then tripped down the stairs and gravely injured himself. His actions hurt the whole family, but the nurses and doctors at the hospital care less about what he did than what it takes to immediately stabilize him and... Read More

THE GOOD THING ABOUT DIVORCE

This title will shock some, anger others, and make perfect sense to those who have come through it. Don’t get me wrong; divorce is horrid, it violates the whole family, the poison of it reaches into every part of our community, and, yes, God hates it. (Malachi 2:16) But there’s another part of this reality: from divorce can come great blessings,... Read More

WHAT’S TOO “PRECIOUS” FOR YOU?

Gollum gives me the heebie-jeebies. He’s disgustingly distorted, slimy, devious, whiny, and schizophrenic. And probably an image of ME when I am at most selfish moments. Gollum is a creepy little character from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, who came upon a  magic gold ring, fell under its spell, and changed from a once kind,... Read More

ARE YOU A CHOLERIC?

The CHOLERIC loves to bark orders. It comes naturally to this extroverted, take-charge “personality” type. Is this you . . . or someone you know? There are lots of “personality” tests out there and you may have taken one in school or for work.  The Myers-Briggs model is popular (ESTJ, INFP, and so on) but it and others can get... Read More

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