Trustworthy and True

Chuck DeGroat

Read: Revelation 22:6-11, 18-20 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.” “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” (vv. 6-7 NIV) Just after God painted a picture of a new Eden, in a great city, with a new tree of life …

Advent Longings

Chuck DeGroat

Read: Psalm 122 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels.” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your prosperity. (vv. 6-9 NIV) Our Advent longings are shaped by our needs. Yet, many of us remain disconnected from our needs. A …

The Language of Lament

Chuck DeGroat

Read: Psalm 102 In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones. (v. 5 NIV) I don’t lament well, especially compared to people in some other cultures and countries, where weeping and wailing are on public display. I subscribe to a keep-it-between-you-and-your-Kleenex theology. Wipe away the tears as quickly as possible. Clean up. Get it together. This isn’t really the way I want to be, but it’s what I was taught and what I’m prone to. …