I Am With You

i am with you

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. … Read moreI Am With You

Good Leader in a Good World

Over the past few years, we’ve experienced a great deal of political upheaval. While such turmoil isn’t new, many are wrestling with what kind of leaders to trust and how to hold our leaders accountable for governing in ways that are good for everyone—not merely for a select few who hold the purse strings or … Read moreGood Leader in a Good World

Love Meter – Measuring True Love

A “love calculator” can be found on the Internet. As strange as it may sound, all you’re instructed to do once you’re on the website is to key in your name and the name of the person you’re interested in, and the love meter calculates your “love percentage”—supposedly revealing your chances of a successful romantic … Read moreLove Meter – Measuring True Love

Humble Beginnings – Never Look Down on This!

Great thing start small. Just do not underestimate the power that lies in starting small. The wealthiest in today’s’ world were not born into the wealthiest families decades ago. It takes a drop of water to sum up what they have become.   Read this insightful file by ODJ’s writer. It’s estimated that Howard Schultz, … Read moreHumble Beginnings – Never Look Down on This!

How We Live

Baby Jeremy was born with a condition in which his bile ducts were absent, causing bile to build up inside his body and damage his liver. The only option to prevent his death was a liver transplant. Thankfully for Jeremy, his father underwent a lengthy medical procedure to provide healing for him. Jeremy was given … Read moreHow We Live

Undivided Devotion

When I started dating the man who would one day become my husband, I experienced feelings stronger than I’d ever known before. The more I got to know Francisco, the more I wanted to be with him. I would go to sleep at night thinking about getting a message from him in the morning. I … Read moreUndivided Devotion

If You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

“Pause a moment, Job, and listen; consider the wonderful things God does” Job 37:14 (GNT). Sometimes as adults we get spiritual wiggles. We cannot get still and be quiet. But you have to be quiet in order to hear God speak. If you want to hear God’s vision, then you’re going to have to turn … Read moreIf You Want to Hear God, Get Still and Listen

Did Jesus Disciple Women? Were There Women Disciples?

Tweet Did Jesus disciple women too? Were there women disciples who followed Jesus? What a Disciple Is A disciple is not just a Christian in name…they are a follower of Christ, going where He sends them, following in His footsteps, doing what He did, and following the … Read moreDid Jesus Disciple Women? Were There Women Disciples?

I Will be With You

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your … Read moreI Will be With You

Obedience Releases the Power

“For the Lord says, ‘Because he loves me, I will rescue him; I will make him great because he trusts in My name. When he calls on Me I will answer, I will be with him in trouble, and rescue him and honor him’” Psalm 91:14-15 Pete was the playboy type. He believed that Christ … Read moreObedience Releases the Power

Come to God Just as You Are

“God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” Romans 5:8 (NLT). Everything that Jesus did for you, he did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be … Read moreCome to God Just as You Are

Changed

“The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person.”(1 Samuel 10:6) These were some of Samuel’s words to Saul when he anointed him as king. God’s promise to Saul was fulfilled, as we read just a few verses … Read moreChanged

Gratitude

Gratitude gets us through the hard stuff! To reflect on your blessings is to rehearse God’s accomplishments. To rehearse God’s accomplishments is to discover his heart! To discover his heart is to discover not just good gifts but the Good Giver. Gratitude always leaves us looking at God and away from dread. The apostle Paul … Read moreGratitude

My Foot is Slipping

“When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” Psalm 94:18-19 Thoughts on today’s verse While we are amazed at the vastness of God’s reach and the awesome breadth of his power and the glorious sweep of his … Read moreMy Foot is Slipping

He is My Helper

“That is why we can say without any doubt or fear, ‘The Lord is my Helper and I am not afraid of anything that mere man can do to me‘” Hebrews 13:6 Do you and I really exercise perfect confidence that God will help us in our times of need? The writer to the Hebrews … Read moreHe is My Helper

The Waiting Side of Faith

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Our Christian walk of faith is often a journey of waiting…and waiting, which we don’t always do with much patience. Put … Read moreThe Waiting Side of Faith

The God Who Stoops… And Stands

“Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, ‘Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?’ — ‘No, Lord,‘ she said. And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I. Go and sin no more.’” John 8:10-11 (NLT)) Condemnation – the preferred commodity of Satan. He will repeat the adulterous woman scenario as … Read moreThe God Who Stoops… And Stands

Called to be What He Made

“Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth — everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Isaiah 43:6-7 I remember talking to one of my ministry leaders at church a few years ago about service. He explained to … Read moreCalled to be What He Made

Lions’ Jared Abbrederis: God Spoke Through a Verse and a Key Chain

Tweet Jared Abbrederis was undecided on the Bible verse to use for the upcoming high school state football game (2008). He was thinking of going to his “go to” verse and the one he writes under his signature now as a professional football wide receiver for the … Read moreLions’ Jared Abbrederis: God Spoke Through a Verse and a Key Chain

God’s Strength in Your Weakness

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”2 Corinthians 12:9 We know our own weaknesses only too well. They are the areas that trip us up over and over. We often try to hide those weak spots. We hate to even acknowledge them. They may be areas we like … Read moreGod’s Strength in Your Weakness

Pluck It and Bag It

I learned a godly truth from a bunch of cilantro. Sitting in my fridge for a week or so, I noticed some of the leaves had rotted before I got to use them in my food. My first instinct was to chuck the whole thing.  But I love cilantro, and it isn’t cheap. So I … Read morePluck It and Bag It

Anxiety

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 ThoughtSo often our worries are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let’s cast our burdens on the Lord. Let’s consciously put our future in his hands. Let’s trust our worrisome fears to his care. We know he loves … Read moreAnxiety

Loving the Truth

“No lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless” (Revelation 14:5). To become blameless is to be free from falsehood; it is to be delivered from sin and the deception that protects sin. Yet this process is not attained if we are only casually committed to the Lord Jesus. We must be dedicated to … Read moreLoving the Truth

Will You Join Jesus in His Work?

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:36–38 (NIV) There … Read moreWill You Join Jesus in His Work?

Steadfast in a Fearful World

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3 There are a lot of angry people out there these days. I see it all over the media. People are upset over perceived betrayal, injustice, and prejudice. I think some of the anger is justified. We are, … Read moreSteadfast in a Fearful World

Open Your Ears and Sympathize

“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us”2 Corinthians 1:4 (NLT, 2ndedition). Jesus gives us a great model for demonstrating mercy in the story of the Good Samaritan. We can draw out … Read moreOpen Your Ears and Sympathize

When Panic Attacks

“For I have given them the words you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.” John 17:6 Once, during a time of acute anxiety, I chose to confide in my doctor. After listening to me, … Read moreWhen Panic Attacks

Easter Shows Us God’s Amazing Love

“God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners Romans 5:8 (NLT). Everything that Jesus did for you He did out of love. The Bible says that God made you to love you. The only reason you’re alive is because you were made to be … Read moreEaster Shows Us God’s Amazing Love

I Can’t Say it Enough

Jesus loves you with an everlasting love. “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) So often we take for granted the love of God. We often feel like there is no hope for us but I say to you today … Read moreI Can’t Say it Enough

Christ Crucified

This is the last week of Lent, also called Passion Week, and I have been reading and reflecting on the last days of Christ and His crucifixion. I will be forever grateful for Christ’s willingness to go through the agony of carrying our sins (the sins of more than six billion people), and to suffer … Read moreChrist Crucified

The Believer’s Journey to the Cross

“And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.  Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone:  but if it dies, it bears much fruit.  He who loves his life loses it, and he who … Read moreThe Believer’s Journey to the Cross

Jesus Prays for You

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.” John 17:20 (NIV) During the Last Supper, Jesus prayed for himself and then he prayed for the disciples. And then, with the hour of his death approaching, he took time to pray for you. He … Read moreJesus Prays for You

Tune My Heart

It can be hard to hear God in the busyness of life. Take today’s lesson to hear how to listen better. “And after the fire came a gentle whisper.” 1 Kings 19:12b There’s a moment just before the performance begins where the lights go down and the symphony tunes. It’s a strange, cacophonous sound, nothing … Read moreTune My Heart

Father Forgive Them

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:24 (KJV) I often wonder what it was like to cross through the Red Sea on dry ground, to watch Jericho’s walls collapse, or to walk with Jesus on the Sea of Galilee. But imagine being present at the most astonishing event of world … Read moreFather Forgive Them

He Knew His Future

“Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up’” John 2:19 (KJV) A missionary in Turkey sought to teach the truth of the resurrection of Christ to a group of people. “I am traveling, and I have reached a place where the road branches off in … Read moreHe Knew His Future

Unoffendable

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh”  Ezekiel 36:26. God has a new heart for us that cannot be offended, an “unoffendable” heart. Beloved, possessing an unoffendable heart is not … Read moreUnoffendable

After What I Did, Can God Use Me Again?

“Have mercy on me, O God, because of your unfailing love. Because of your great compassion, blot out the stain of my sins. Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin” Psalm 51:1 & 2 David’s affair with Bathsheba got her pregnant, and to cover up, he arranged for her husband to … Read moreAfter What I Did, Can God Use Me Again?

Dealing with Feelings of Guilt

Read: Ephesians 2: 1-10 Guilt can be like a poison working insidiously on the inside to create havoc in our thoughts and emotions. The antidote is to understand why we feel guilty and to know how to apply scripture teachings on the subject. Misunderstanding grace results in guilty feelings which make us think that in … Read moreDealing with Feelings of Guilt

Time to Tell Yourself the Truth

“The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from ourselves” Proverbs 20:27 TEV). The best way to get off a guilt trip is to first admit your guilt. Don’t bury it, don’t deny it, and don’t ignore it. Just own up to it! Even when we know this truth, we still try to … Read moreTime to Tell Yourself the Truth

Forgiveness and the Risen Christ

Lent is upon us.  A time when we reflect on our own lives as well as the death and the resurrection of Christ.  On that glorious Easter morning our sins were forgiven and we were granted eternal life.  However long we live we can never grasp the true meanings of those words or the sacrifice … Read moreForgiveness and the Risen Christ

Prayer to Follow God

So often our hearts want to follow God and yet our feet and our mouths take us in the opposite direction! God’s word tells us that we are actually deceiving ourselves when we know God’s way and yet do not do what it says. The road to freedom is in doing what we hear in … Read morePrayer to Follow God

Delight Yourself

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 Thoughts on today’s verse Rather than seeing this as a way to get our wish list granted, let’s see it for what it really is — an invitation to seek a love relationship with God above all other … Read moreDelight Yourself