70 Happy Words

Paul uses 70 expressions of joy in his short letter to the Philippians! Seventy! Reading them infects us with his “good virus” of devotion to Jesus. To joy in Jesus is the best way to start our day and our New Year. It’s a surprising joy that Paul exudes. Outwardly, he has no reason to…

Top Hits of 2017 For Your Soul

Your greatest hope is to know the Father of Jesus as your Father too. That’s why the top article on SoulShepherding.org this year was “Bible Verses on the Father’s Love.” — it had 44,000 views. In fact, we had over 1,000,000 page views in 2017! We continually hear from pastors and all kinds of people that…

Is God a “She”?

Recently, a friend secretly prayed to God as his Mother. “My church wouldn’t understand,” he lamented. What do you think? Is it important to view God as Father? Do you appreciate femininity in God? Would you ever pray to God as “heavenly Mother”? My Ph.D. dissertation was on our image of God. I interviewed hundreds…