Be Sloooooooooooow to Anger
Anger usually feels like it erupts instantaneously from nowhere, like Mt. St. Helens. Yet the Bible says we should be slow to anger.
Guarding Our Eyes in a Visual Culture
When God tells us, “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you,” he is telling us to guard our hearts by watching what we expose ourselves to.
Thoughts Arising out of Nowhere, Like Moths...
Have you ever wondered where our thoughts come from? Have you ever said Now where did that thought come from when some bizarre thought popped into your head? Sometimes it seems they arise out of nowhere, like my moths.
Who Do You Trust?
We put our trust in experts all the time. Yet how hard it is to trust the Lord at times. We can worry and fret and try to figure things out on our own. We can easily become downcast when life gets hard. We can wonder if God really hears our prayers.
The Lord of Hosts Who Conquers Through Pots of Clay
Years ago, miserable in my slavery to sin, I cried out, “God please change me.” I didn’t ask him to save me, I just knew I needed help. Little did I know magnitude of my request.
How to Achieve Ultimate Success
Turn on the TV and you’ll see all kinds of gurus telling you how to be successful and fulfilled. But what does God have to say?
Murphy’s Law or God’s Law?
Waiting is an act of faith. Because in waiting for the Lord, we are saying, Lord I trust in you. Faith waits confidently for the Lord to fulfill his promises.
What Are You Willing to Risk?
Jesus risked it all for us – not only did he risk it all, he gave it all. We should be willing to take risks for him.
Faith Is War
It’s a fight. A battle. Faith is hard. It’s a fight to trust God when you can’t see him. It’s a fight to believe God is in control when all around us screams life has derailed.
She Just Happened to Go There and Just Happened to Meet Him…
How many times in our lives do we just “happen” to go somewhere or meet someone and later find out it was God’s wonderful providence?
So Who You Gonna Trust?
We may shake our heads at Judah’s foolishness, but so often we do the same thing. Rather than trusting in God, we trust our own wits.
God’s Shovel Is Bigger than Mine
When we give generously, we reflect God’s own lavish nature. God so loved the world he GAVE – his only begotten SON for our salvation. And Jesus emptied himself and became poor to make us rich.
The Surprising Blessings That Overtake The Generous
The God who promised we won’t lose our reward for giving a cup of cold water to a disciple won’t fail to bless us when we bless others.
An Incredible Promise of Guidance
Are you at a major crossroads? Need God’s guidance for a challenging child or teen? Facing a big decision and don’t know the right way to choose? This promise is for you…
When My Hair Looks Like a Van Gogh Sunflower
This escapade reminded me of a truth I heard years ago – we all have “blind spots.” Blind spots are things about ourselves we are unaware of or don’t perceive accurately.
Communion with God: It’s Not a Chore. It’s Sweet.
Communion is a good old Puritan word that means hanging out with God. Spending time with him. Getting to know him. Abiding in his word. Meditating on it. Talking with Jesus – thanking him, praying, casting our cares on him.
Hey, Turn Out That Light!
When people huddle in a dark room doing wicked things they’re fine, till someone flips on a blazing light. Then they scream, “Hey, turn out the light!”
Blessed Are the Ambassadors of Peace
The peace Jesus is talking about isn’t world peace, inner peace, or even peace between people (though this peace leads to peace between people). He’s talking about the peace with God he bought on the cross.
Does Your Inside Match Your Outside?
Outwardly they honored God. But they had no love for God. Their hearts – their inner persons – were impure – they acted religious to be noticed by men, not to please God.
How to Receive Mercy
When we sow mercy we’ll reap it: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.