Author: Barbara Greenhow

I am a woman in my eighties who has been a believer for over 65 years. I was born in Michigan, but have also lived in Ontario, Pennsylvania and on Cape Cod. I enjoy classical music, reading, cooking, and (most of the time) other people. I have four children who are scattered all over the country, and so my church family are my nearest “relatives”. My greatest hope is to make Soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone) my life’s theme. Over the years I have had many highs and lows, and have found through it all that my God is faithful, and that He is Love. My purpose in writing is twofold. I am still working out many issues about what it means to be “in Christ’, and I find that writing things down somehow helps me clarify my thoughts. The other reason I write is to share some of my insights with others who may have the same questions. In sharing ideas and experiences, I think we help each other grow. I am definitely still learning. I am a conservative Christian, but I try to live under Grace rather than Law. I believe that we need to study Scripture vigilantly, because it is one of the two guides we have to the will of God for us. The other is the Person of Jesus Christ, and He is to be our example and mentor as we sojourn here on Earth. With these as our teachers, I believe we can come to live lives which glorify God and effectively share His Good News of redemption and forgiveness.

God’s Love

The need to feel loved is a universal thing, although I suspect that we women are a little more conscious of this need in ourselves than men.  Men are generally not as introspective, and women are also generally more willing…

Grace and Legalism

While we humans usually try to classify things (less sin, more sin, greatest sin), to God sin is sin.  It is not about degree; it is about broken relationship with Him.  After we come to Him, there is always a…

Blind Faith

Recently I read about a sad situation in which some brothers refused to believe that their father had committed a crime for which he had been convicted.  They chose to believe, “He is our Dad.  He wouldn’t do anything wrong”. …

Learning Suffering

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. (James 1:2-3) No chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit…

Mercy

Over the years I have heard the Gospel presented many times by many preachers and in many styles.  There is a harsh approach, where the preacher tries to frighten people into faith, and there is a softer approach, where people…