Weakness as an Offering

Dear Woodland Hills Family,       Adoration of the Magi c.1725 Corrado Giaquinto   When you hear the word offering any number of images or associations may flash through your mind: an offering plate an animal on an altar a gift appeasement guilt I think the truest depiction of offering comes to us from the magi who came…

Weakness and Identity

Dear Woodland Hills Family, When my boys were young I noticed they copied a lot of the things I did. If my hand was on my hip, so was theirs. If I was using a power drill, they’d use their toy power drill. When I’d crawl under my truck to work on it, they’d want…

Weakness and Discipline

Dear Woodland Hills Family, In recent weeks I’ve been discussing with you the matter of weakness and looking to the Scriptures for the why of it all. So far we’ve covered these principles: 1. Weakness helps you realize your need for God’s strength. (read here) 2. Weakness is the canvas that best displays God’s strength. (read here) 3. Weakness may…

Weakness and Refining

Dear Woodland Hills Family, In response to all the aches of life — headaches, backaches, and heartaches — we’ve been asking the question, Why weakness? Why do I so often lack sufficient strength of body, mind or spirit? According to the Scriptures, often it is Satan who invents and assigns disabilities, diseases, or deformities. But why…

Weakness and Pride

Dear Woodland Hills Family, A week ago I helped my son-in-law change a tire.  Something in my back must not have liked that idea. So I’ve been spending a lot of time since then looking at the ceiling.  Weakness. Again. Why? So far we’ve covered these principles about weakness: 1. Weakness helps you realize your…