Ancient Hebrew was written without the vowels. This special name for God was written in Hebrew with the consonants YHWH. German translations used the vowels JHVH. After not speaking this name for over 900 years, God’s people weren’t sure what vowels to add in. Since they often used Adonai as a replacement name for this sacred, unspoken name, they simply put the vowels of Adonai into the German translation to make Jehovah. Most scholars believe it should actually be translated as Yahweh. Continue reading Yahweh or Jehovah?
Yahweh is God’s personal and most sacred name, appearing more than 6,800 times in the Old Testament. It carries the reality that God is eternal, unchanging, and self-existent. It is also rich with the reality that He is holy and righteous to punish sin, and that He is love- ready to sacrifice and make a way for our relationship with Him to be restored. Continue reading Yahweh: God’s Personal Name
Throughout the Old Testament alone, around 20 different names are used to refer to the One true God of the Bible. But why are these names practically important in your everyday life? The answer lies in the meaning of life … Continue reading The Power of the Names of God in Your Life
Want to hear a true story about God working in our lives in real time? This is the next installment of the God Stories Project. Without this one, my Mom wouldn’t have survived childhood. And the rest- well, we would … Continue reading The Podium Story (A God Story)
Want to hear about the first time Elijah realized that God was working in his life and protecting him? Let him tell you all about it! Continue reading The Dresser Fell On Me
I wasn’t prepared for what happened that night as I tucked my son into bed. “Mommy, I’m not sure if I believe in God. How do you know that God is real?,” my four-year-old asked. It caught me off guard. I … Continue reading The God Stories Project
Have you ever spoken to someone from a different country and automatically made some kind of judgement about them based on how they sounded? Why not, we do it all the time with Americans, right? For example, if they sound … Continue reading Friendly Sounds Different in Different Languages
The country is reeling from Sunday night’s shooting in Las Vegas leaving 59 people entering eternity, 527 injured, and thousands of others who fled for their lives terrified. I pray this Prayer Guide is a tool to help us to link hands before the throne of God and lift up all who are hurting. Continue reading 10 Ways to Pray for Las Vegas Survivors
My college English teacher set a precedent for me for how to pray for others. He showed me how to pray Scripture for others. If you’d like to know a simple, effective way to pray for those in your world, this is the top approach I would recommend. Continue reading Praying Scripture
Sometimes warm memories creep into my consciousness of blissful days taking turns with my BFF pushing each other on the old rope swing tied fast to a valiant, towering oak that existed long before us. The oak and the swing … Continue reading Escape Me Not
Can you imagine what it would be like to not be bound by the constraints of the ticking clock over your mantle and the pressure to get to that next appointment on time? More than that, could you imagine what … Continue reading Outside of Time
In a world of endless options and limitless needs to be met, sometimes a simple thing like praying for others can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do we even start? How Do We Prayer Well for Others? To me, the … Continue reading Top 2 Ways I Pray for My Friends
As you pass through the lights and glitter of the season, if not you, someone around you is grieving. This season has a way of reminding all of us of what we have lost. Grief should be a welcome part of this season of joy, making the real meaning of the season sweeter. Continue reading When Merry isn’t Possible
What is it that leaves me feeling empty, disconnected, and alone- even when I find myself rarely physically alone? What takes the spark out of my relationship with my spouse? I dream that my kids will grow up to love … Continue reading Engage Deeply, Embrace Wholly, Delight Lavishly!