Bonnie Petroschuk

What If It’s None Of My Business?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I did not grow up in a church that had a rich understanding of grace. I was spoon fed a strict diet of law served on a bed of threats. I was told that I both could and should be perfect, because God provides all the help, through the Holy Spirit, that I need in order to do so. Therefore, if I do not reach that goal, it is only because I selfishly choose not to.

What If It’s None Of My Business?

Begin The Begets

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I am a time traveler now. It all started this past Christmas. My son gave my husband and me DNA kits, and the instructions suggested that, in preparation, you should begin building your family tree while awaiting the results. So, I did. Now, I am...I don't want to say obsessed, but...okay, let's just call it what it is...I'm obsessed.

Begin The Begets

Who Gets the Gifts?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

At this time of year a lot of emphasis is placed on being good. Elves on Shelves everywhere are watching our behavior and snitching to Santa, who is making up his all important list of those who have been naughty and those who have been nice. The parable above, however, sets forth something so counter to that way of thinking that we all have a very difficult time wrapping our minds around it.

Who Gets the Gifts?

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I have been very busy lately, trying to understand things.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a deeper understanding of spiritual truth, but I have found that there is a pit on that path into which one can fall, and right now I feel like I’m sitting in that pit, too tired to climb back out.

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I finally got around to watching The Last Jedi.  I was caught up in the stirring story of the faltering band of rebels, on the verge of extinction, fighting valiantly for the good against overwhelming odds.  My heart soared with the dramatic music when the warriors went into battle…

Jedi, George Beverly Shea and Good Works

It Gets Better Than You Ever Hoped

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

As I was reading Romans 7 today, I was reminded of a pivotal scene in one of my favorite movies, As Good As it Gets.  The main character, Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, is beginning to experience the hope that things can be different for him.  This feeling is new and provokes fear.

It Gets Better Than You Ever Hoped

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

There is just something about the idea of not being ‘under Law’ that sets off all kinds of alarms in the minds of many Christians.  One might be forced to concede to the idea because the words are biblical, but those words are often compulsively followed by a multitude of caveats.

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

Shut Out

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

For many years, I read this as a “salvation” verse.  Jesus is knocking on the door of the hearts of the unsaved, asking to come in.  To me, it represented individual free will regarding the choice each must make as to whether or not to answer Jesus’ knock...

Shut Out

You Can’t Fool God

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

We were stalwart champions of obedience, unlike those we believed disrespected God’s Law by spreading the shameful nonsense that a convicted murderer or even someone who hurt children could just tell God they were sorry, ask him to forgive them...

You Can’t Fool God

A Rebel’s Blessing

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Her name meant “Rebel” or “Rebellion”.  In a culture where your name was thought to reveal your whole character, either in a prophetic sense or as it was known and manifested, it was an interesting choice.  With a name like that, would you really have the option of proving it wrong?

A Rebel’s Blessing

Families, Can’t Live With ‘Em….

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

There’s a lot of family drama from Thanksgiving through New Years.  Expectations are high.  Feelings are worn on sleeves.  With tensions running high, one wrong word can be like a lit match in a room with a gas leak.

Families, Can’t Live With ‘Em….

I Do Not Complete Me

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

A friend of mine recently expressed to me his rather unique thoughts on Narcissus. Narcissus, if you recall, saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realizing it was his own image.  Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, he stared at it until he died.

I Do Not Complete Me

Missing the Point

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

God created Israel to be the vessel into which he would place both his Law and his Son. He gave them, first, his Law, which revealed what it was that God required. The Israelites believed that God had chosen them to demonstrate a life of obedience to his Law, but the truth, which they did not understand, was that they were specifically chosen by God to reveal to the world the reality that they could not obey.

Missing the Point

In the Face of Suffering

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

During my recent trip to visit my daughter and her family, my son-in-law got me hooked on Leah Remini’s A&E show, Scientology and the Aftermath.  Remini, who was a lifelong Scientologist, left the organization in 2013 ...

In the Face of Suffering

Oblivious

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I walk in the local mall for exercise several times a week.  I purposely avoid weekends and hours when the mall is likely to be crowded because, while I am not a racewalker, I do like to keep up a steady pace as opposed to stopping, starting and inching and this is difficult to achieve even when there are few people around.

Oblivious

No Longer Naked and Ashamed

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I recently began seeing a chiropractor for what turned out to be a compressed disc.  He took routine x-rays to facilitate his diagnosis, and on the day he was to go over the results with me, I was placed in a conference room to wait for our consultation. 

No Longer Naked and Ashamed

Our Tainted Acts Of Grace

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

People have often tended, quite wrongly, to view me as saintly.  I attribute that undeserved reputation to the fact I have always had a very strong sense of the kind of person I should be.  I would describe my ideal persona as one who was conscientiously obedient and loving.

Our Tainted Acts Of Grace

I, Alone

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Last night was one of those nights when I had an unscheduled 3:00 a.m. Life Assessment session.  You know, when you innocently roll over and snuggle down under the covers, fully expecting to drift gently back to sleep; then, out of the blue, you are pelted with concerns regarding your life...

I, Alone

In Our Time of Need

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Have you ever grown despondent from trying so hard to stop behaving in certain destructive ways, but always failing? Have you ever cried out in despair, “What is wrong with me?” Our fallen human condition has made all of us subject to passions beyond our control.

In Our Time of Need

Like a Frightened Dog

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

My husband and I just adopted Duke, a very cute beagle mix, from a nearby shelter.  He is about three years old and was found wandering in a park several months ago.  When no one claimed him he was put up for adoption, so no one really knows Duke’s history.

Like a Frightened Dog

Ask or You Won’t Receive

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

Years ago a pastor friend of mine who felt betrayed by someone he trusted told me that he was under no biblical obligation to forgive his betrayer unless and until he asked for forgiveness.

Ask or You Won’t Receive

Horizontally Challenged

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I am not one of those people who can put together a jigsaw puzzle without using the picture on the box. I am completely frustrated if I can’t see how it is supposed to fit together.

Horizontally Challenged