Can God Walk Us Through a Murder?By Terri Broome We see it in the news all the time. People are murdered and nobody truly knows what happened except the person who is dead and the one who killed them.  But that’s not really true. There is always one more person who witnessed every crime ever committed and that is God. I’m not sure I would have believed what I’m going to share could have unfolded as
Why Am I a Control Freak?By Terri Broome “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis I love that quote because Lewis puts into words so many reasons we are like we are. For everything down here that we desire, there is a reason. We are made in God’s image and we cannot completely
How to Rest in Troubled TimesBy Terri Broome Have you ever had to pry your child off of you to hand them to a daycare worker or to a church nursery volunteer? The person you handed them to will try to comfort them, but it’s never complete comfort. It’s a little desperate heart trying to find rest and security. Some children will be ok in a few minutes, but there are some that will not
Why Did Jesus Pray?By Terri Broome (Disclaimer: No one knows the answer to this question completely…least of all me) Have you ever wondered why Jesus spent so much time in prayer? We don’t read very often about Jesus being at the synagogue with a scroll unrolled pouring over the text, but we do read things like this: Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went
Witness = MartyrBy Terri Broome Daddy,” she had said one day, “I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.” “Tell me,” her father wisely responded, “when you take a train trip from Haarlem to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?” “No, Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.” “That
Learning to Value What We Can’t SeeBy Terri Broome I sat across from a beautiful lady with a failing marriage the other day. I listened to her and then shared what the Bible said about who she should be in spite of who her husband is. According to most people and probably most church leaders, she would have good reason to flush her marriage down the toilet. I saw hope beyond measure for her and
The Audacious Love of GodBy Terri Broome Audacious-showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks. I don’t know much about a man named Dutch Sheets but he told a story that has resonated with me about the heart of God. Dutch’s father was a pastor and at a young age, Dutch gave his heart to God. However, when Dutch was 17, his father shattered his entire family. He had an affair with the church secretary,
Difficult People Reveal What’s Really Inside of Me By Terri Broome How many of us have thought our lives would be wonderful (and we would be so much nicer) if only we could remove a certain person from our midst. We think they cause us to be things like fearful, jealous, irritated, angry, or insecure. What if I told you they don’t. Difficult people only bring out the things that are often deeply hidden within
I Did Not Parent Well; Now They are Teenagers By Terri Broome If you failed to raise your children right in their formative years, I have some advice for you. Shut your mouth. You have missed the time for talking and training. God created our children (in their early years) to be pliable; to watch every move we make, and listen to every word we say. We are their heroes whether we deserve it or
Be a Super-SpreaderBy Terri Broome He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call “good infection.”  C.S. Lewis When I became a Christian, I had a vision of my hair in a ponytail, no makeup, and wiping the sweat from my brow as a missionary in Africa. I wanted my life to matter. I wanted adventure. I
Sometimes our Greatest Need is a Nervous BreakdownBy Terri Broome When I taught at the seminary, I was often asked to address the new students. On more than one occasion, I said, “Your parents, church, pastor, and friends are all praying for your success. Just so you know, I’m not joining them. I’m praying for your failure. I’m praying that you get so overwhelmed by the academic work, and by your neediness and sin, that
Nobody's Perfect...Except Me and YouBy Terri Broome I love the story of Harriet Tubman. She was a slave who escaped to the north and to freedom in 1849. It took courage, faith, and ingenuity to do what she did. However, there would be no museums, books, movies, and documentaries about her if that was the end of her story. What makes her life incredible is that she wasn’t satisfied with her freedom alone. She risked