Category Archives: thoughts by Bill Strom

Lesson from the Belly of a Fish

Jonah’s lesson: “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, Lord, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple” (Jonah 2:7). Jonah’s prayer is worth imitating because he recognized his wrongdoing, humbled himself, and rededicated himself to God’s ways. Continue reading

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How Much Do Parents Give Up?

“Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother … When Jesus saw [her] there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From … Continue reading

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Christmas Time. Family Time?

Christmas is about Hope. Hope is best shared with family even amidst broken family gatherings. Make the most of your Christmas gatherings. Continue reading

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Giving Away Our Gifts

Can you name a gift you passionately value? Are you willing to commit it to God? Doing so will help you discern your calling where you are right now. Continue reading

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Words Count

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4 Continue reading

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When Trusting God is Hard for the Abused

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4 Continue reading

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Crying from the Cave

“I cry aloud to the Lord, I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.” Psalms 142:1 Continue reading

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Why Do You Doubt?

“Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?” Luke 24:38 Your spiritual leader has been dead three days and then shows up and asks, “Why do you doubt?” Isn’t that audacious? The previous week the disciples … Continue reading

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The Tethered Self

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27 My first encounter with tether-ball was at camp. … Continue reading

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Foolishness to the Greeks

“…we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is … Continue reading

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The Power of the Tongue

“And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 The account of God creating the cosmos often becomes bland: God said, “Let there be light, earth, animals, and us….”  We’ve heard these phrases so often, and … Continue reading

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God Is HOLY

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8b Recently I heard someone complain about the over-use of the word “awesome”. “Let’s go out to McDonald’s for lunch” a friend poses. … Continue reading

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The Sun Shines

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on … Continue reading

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What An Idiot

“…Anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell..” Matthew 5:22 Really? Wow. That’s harsh judgment just for calling someone an idiot, don’t you think? Some people deserve to be mocked, put in their place, … Continue reading

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I-Dolatry

“… and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”  1 John 2:16 I struggle with pride. It began in middle school when I realized I could do several things quite well. I was one of … Continue reading

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