The ground soaks up the sunshine and the rain. The grass grows in beauty and splendor. The wind brushes through the trees. The raven calls. The silence is deafening so creation fills the void. We are busy. Constantly moving. Constantly observing, talking, and rarely listening... The silence is deafening so creation fills the void. Why [...]
Jesus can take something broken, filthy, despised, and decrepit and make it new, fresh, and beautiful.
We are masters of not listening and shutting others off. Let’s determine to listen when others come in love to turn us back towards Christ and away from sin.
Communication is an important aspect of encouraging change in others, and having others encourage change in us. Communication is necessary. Let’s be diligent to improve our skills and function out of a heart of love in order to effect spiritual change in the lives of those we minister to.
So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work and I cannot come down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and come down to you?" ~ Nehemiah 6:3 We all have a place in God's kingdom work. A place that only we can fill. It's [...]
I have been focusing on prayer lately. It is a topic often overlooked. When prayer is mentioned our minds fly to being thankful for a meal or bedtime tuck-in. I guess those count, but I am talking about serious, soul-searching, heavy praying. The kind you wake up early or stay up late to do. The [...]
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside, they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27 I have been in a rather historic city this summer and have loved seeing all the historic homes that line the streets. [...]
Psalm 19:7-11 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; [...]
A new series started this week at our church titled Resolved. I love it! We could all use a little more resolve in our life. Think about the implications of this word! Merriam-Webster lists as one possible definition, "to reach a firm decision about something." Imagine the impact we could have on our marriages, families, [...]
"And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." Luke 9:23, NASB Deny yourself, Take up your cross, Follow me. The call to be a disciple is not an easy one. Following someone implies you want to [...]