Jesus, The Survivor of the Perfect Storm

by Katy Kauffman

I knew Jesus was strong, but this Easter week I “see” it ever more clearly. And I love Him all the more for it. If ever there was a perfect “storm”—a combination of turbulent circumstances and heart-wrenching emotion—it happened in the Garden of Gethsemane. And it happened because of you and me.

 

He loved us. But He loved His Father too, and didn’t want to be separated from Him on the cross. Bearing our sin meant that Jesus would have to be separated from the other two persons of God—the Father and the Holy Spirit. It meant that He whose essence is love, would bear all that was void of love—all of our sin, guilt, and shame. It meant that the One who had perfectly walked on this earth—never accepting a bad thought, harboring a bad attitude, or initiating a bad habit—would bear the consequence of every depraved thought, hateful feeling, and addiction.

Easter, Jesus, the cross, the Survivor of the Perfect Storm, Calming the Storms Within, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Jewell: From Tragedy to Victory

by Katherine M. Pasour


Despair shrouded the bedroom in deep shadows. The hospital bed engulfed a tiny figure gasping for a breath that tortured lungs couldn’t provide. I crept in on silent feet, not knowing what to say or do. The emaciated woman bore little physical resemblance to the vibrant, active, cheerful Jewell that I knew.


Gold there is, and rubies in abundance, but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel. Proverbs 20:15 NIV*


Jewell and her husband John were the first to welcome my family to church more than thirty years ago. After we joined, they became our mentors, guiding our journey spiritually and modeling how to be servants for our Lord. Jewell sang in the choir, served in a variety of leadership roles, visited the sick and home bound, and cooked for all occasions. With John, she worked tirelessly in numerous capacities including leading the youth group, organizing the “Lend a Hand” program, taking a major role in mission projects, cleaning and maintaining the church and more, more, more …


I never saw Jewell lose her temper. She didn’t gossip or slander—she lived by the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23). I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful mentor and role model.


Jewell exemplified how to live out God’s purpose on earth.


One would expect that such an amazing person, a Christian example for all who knew her, would be blessed by God to live a joyful and happy life.


But, sometimes it doesn’t turn out that way. God may have a different plan.

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Building Faith through the Storms of Life

by Jennifer DeFrates

A few years ago, preparations for hip surgery revealed a giant mass in my abdomen. Test after test and specialists all over two states said removing it might kill me, estimating a fifty percent chance of dying during the procedure.  


One night, I remember rocking my then three-year-old daughter to sleep wondering how my death would affect her life and my family. Choking back sobs, I prayed that if my death were necessary in God’s plan for my family, then I would trust Him. But I didn’t want to let go of this life just yet.

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Calming the Storms Within

A New Blog Series


by Katy Kauffman


The wind shook me. It shook what I held dear. It nearly tipped my sanity over the edge. The rains drenched my hope. They weighed down my joy and settled my emotional state into a pattern of gloom and sadness, with relief sprinkled in.


It was an inner storm—the kind you can’t run away from. The kind that can twist and swirl inside as violently as a tornado. I grew weary and longed for peace. Longed for some quiet. Would it ever come?

trials, adversity, peace, grace, Calming the Storms Within, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

16 Reasons to Delight in God’s Goodness

by Katy Kauffman

Sixteen posts—sixteen reasons to delight in God’s goodness.

Delighting in God’s Goodness, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Your Love Is Showing: Heroes of Hurricane Harvey

by Katy Kauffman


Two numbers show Harvey’s devastation and people’s desperation—20 trillion and 30,000.


Harvey’s rains dumped 20 trillion gallons of water on Houston, enough to furnish New York City with water for five years.1 NBC estimated that 30,000 people will be homeless,2 but now it sounds like more will be.


Here’s another number—1,000. Nick Sheridan and two other truck drivers put themselves in harm’s way to rescue over 1,000 people, using their big rigs as rescue “boats.” They voluntarily drove to Houston, helped each other navigate flooded streets and hidden gullies, and sought out victims of the flood waters.

Hurricane Harvey, heroes, love, Delighting in God’s Goodness series, Your Love Is Showing: Heroes of Hurricane Harvey, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

If You Need Some Grace

by Katy Kauffman

I’ve always thought grace was a beautiful word, something I want to name my daughter if I should have one in the future. God’s goodness is often clothed as grace for each day's challenges and adventures.   


Grace climbs mountains, endures storms, prays for the impossible, and walks with God. Grace faces life’s challenges and trusts God for victory. Grace doesn’t give up. Doesn’t quit.

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God’s Eraser

by Katy Kauffman

Each child’s heart is like a journal. The adults, teachers, and peers in a child’s life write on it. Kind words, playful words, or hurtful ones. Their actions jot down notes about the child’s worth and identity—you’re valuable or you won’t amount to anything, you’re needed or I don’t want you around, you can do great things with God’s help or you’re a failure before you start.

If we have negative words and actions written on the journals of our hearts, we may think that there’s no reversing it. No eraser can eliminate the stain. But God can.

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Delighting in God’s Welcome

by Jeannie Waters

Required: a foot stool, a pillow, one glass of ice-cold lemonade, a plate of homemade oatmeal cookies, and a hug 


My precious mother believed these items were required to help guests feel like family in her country home. Refusing a foot stool was futile as she thought, “You must be tired.” And the pillow? “Why, you’d be much more comfortable with a pillow at your back,” she would insist.


Crossing her threshold comforted the hearts of all who entered. Visitors experienced a sense of coming home, of stepping out of a hurry-scurry world where fighting for acceptance was commonplace. At Sadie’s, they felt instant love and appreciation.

God’s family, love, the character of God, Delighting in God’s Welcome, Delighting in God’s Goodness series, Jeannie Waters, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Just Because

by Becky Hitchcock

Because is a great word. With a fun blend of consonants and vowels, it’s easy on the ear. 


Yet it has depth. It indicates the why of something. The motive. The reason for a particular thing. The word thrills me actually. It makes me recall something historically and spiritually profound. It allows me to ponder a great demonstration and sacrifice on behalf of a great cause. 


The word because helps me ponder the Savior.


It takes me to the beginning of our beginning. The Scriptures are chock-full with details of God’s passion for all creation. His creation. All things were made by Him and He liked them. He called them good. In fact, He is so delighted He talks to Himself.


Let Us make man in Our image.
Genesis 1:26 NKJV


And so, from the dust of the earth, He brought forth mankind. He breathed life into us. He gave us the ability to speak, reason, and choose. He gave us a beautiful garden to tend and enjoy. He gave us delicious foods to partake. Moreover, we had the privilege of His company.  

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