Posts from October 2015

The Storms of Life

You may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith . . . may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. —1 Peter 1:6-7   In the book of Mark we read about a terrible storm. The disciples…

Where Is My Focus?

You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. —Hebrews 10:34   Early in September 2011, a raging wildfire destroyed 600 homes in and around the city of Bastrop in central Texas. A few weeks later an article…

9 Powerful Reminders from the Miracle at the Red Sea

Miracle after miracle God had performed on behalf of His people, finally leading them straight out of slavery, away from the cruel hand of the Egyptians. He set them free. Free from oppression. Free from captivity. Free from bondage. And the adventure was just getting started. When Pharaoh let the people go, God didn’t lead…

God’s Love Never Fails

One stumble does not define or break a person. Though you failed, God’s love does not. Face your failures with faith in God’s goodness. Like Joshua, when he stood on the eastern side of the Jordan, God could see the upcoming mishap. Still, he tells you what he told Joshua: “Arise, go. . .you and…

You Missed the Chance

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. —1 Corinthians 13:2   I heard the saddest words today. Two believers in Christ were discussing an issue about which they had…

Time Well Spent

The psalmist wrote, “Do not cast me off in the time of old age; do not forsake me when my strength is spent.” – Psalm 71:9   (NRSV) Recently, I attended church services with two of my friends who are older adults. Afterwards, when they invited me to lunch with their seniors’ Sunday school class,…

For This I Have Jesus

The Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. —Isaiah 49:13   There is rarely a problem-free season in our lives, but sometimes the onslaught is terrifying. Rose saw her entire family, except for her two little daughters, slaughtered in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Now she is a widow among…

The Joy of Your Presence

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. —Psalm 96:4   “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” says the Westminster Catechism. Much of Scripture calls for joyful gratitude and adoration of the living God. When we honor God, we celebrate Him…

Keep Praising and Walking

Yell a loud NO to the Devil and watch him scamper! He must retreat. He is not allowed in the place where God is praised. Just keep praising and walking. “But, Max, I’ve been walking a long time,” you say. Yes, it seems like it. It must have seemed that way to the Hebrews too.…

Our Strongholds

Does a stronghold have a strong hold on you? Do you feel nothing but despair? Do you think thoughts of defeat? A stronghold is a false premise that denies God’s promise. 2 Corinthians 10:5   says “it sets itself up against the knowledge of God.” It attempts to magnify the problem and minimize God’s ability…