Posts from August 2015

Come and See

The Samaritan woman said to the people of the town, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” – John 4:29   (NIV) My life seems bland. I wonder, who wants to follow Christ because of me? Still, I pray for courage and ask God to give…

A Walk of Faith

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:1   The Bible tells the story of a man who had everything this world says one should have to feel happy and fulfilled: power, wealth, influence, and fame. But along with that came an emptiness that sent…

Closed Gates

Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see. – Hebrews 11:1   (CEB) We had planned a lovely walk along a footpath through the wooded hillsides. The signposts at the beginning of the footpath seemed crystal clear. Even so we took a wrong turn. When we finally…

What is the Best Posture for Prayer?

“Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” —Ephesians 6:18   I heard the story of three ministers debating the best posture for prayer. One minister shared that he felt that the key was in the hands. He always held…

Sweet Dreams

The psalmist wrote, “In the day of trouble [the Lord] will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” – Psalm 27:5   (NIV) At a time when I felt very lost and overwhelmed with anxiety, I had a…

A New Name

Show a man his failures without Jesus, and the result will be found in the roadside gutter. Give a man religion without reminding him of his filth, and the result will be arrogance in a three-piece suit. But get the two in the same heart—get sin to meet Savior and Savior to meet sin—and the…

No Earning Required

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11   (NIV) For seven years during my twenties, I struggled with an eating disorder. Today, despite many full and rewarding years of recovery from…

Learning to Walk

Who are you to judge someone else’s servants? They stand or fall before their own Lord (and they will stand, because the Lord has the power to make them stand). – Romans 14:4   (CEB) When children learn to walk, falling is an expected part of the process. In the same way, adults learning something…

Who Is My Neighbor?

Go and do likewise. —Luke 10:37   Mary enjoyed her midweek church group meeting when she and several friends gathered to pray, worship, and discuss questions from the previous week’s sermon. This week they were going to talk about the difference between “going” to church and “being” the church in a hurting world. She was…

What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

“O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do,  but our eyes are on You.” 2 Chronicles 20:12   Have you ever been in a difficult situation where you just didn’t know what to do?  Perhaps…