Monday Matters: Your Are an Heir

The other day, I was rereading the story of Esther in the Bible.  I was struck by the power of her courageous stand.  I imagine Esther standing before the king, before she made a petition, internally somewhere between hope and fear. Standing in a palace, estimated to...

Monday Matters: The God of Comfort – Part 4

The God of Comfort – Part 4 By Jean-Marie Jobs Jesus was so clear, when sharing about His upcoming death and resurrection in John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take...

Monday Matters: The God of Comfort – Part 3

The God of Comfort – Part 3 By Jean-Marie Jobs The word comfort in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, as a verb, means ‘to strengthen or enliven’.  As a noun, it means ‘relief from pain’.  Throughout the Scripture, when God is described as comforting us, it is most...

Monday Matters: The God of Comfort – Part 2

The God of Comfort – Part 2 By Jean-Marie Jobs I have often asked myself if why I put so much energy into avoiding. Avoiding the conversations I imagine will be ‘hard’, avoiding situations I think will be uncomfortable, avoiding people I decide don’t like me or...

Monday Matters: The God of Comfort – Part 1

What comes to mind when you hear the word comfort?  I go immediately to comfort food – food I probably shouldn’t be eating but I feel good biting into…chips and salsa, pizza and burritos. It’s in our nature to avoid experiencing grief, loss, sadness, disappointment,...