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

Trusting the Shepherd

A rod and a staff—they feel like strange comforts. You think of a sheep in a dark valley with predators all around, and the push of a rod or a wrench of a staff are the only encouragements. They can be a comfort ultimately, but at the time they don’t feel like it.” A friend … Read moreTrusting the Shepherd

Heaven Rules

The front page of the newspaper showed an overjoyed woman clapping her hands above her head. She wore not only a huge smile but also a T-shirt bearing the name of her favorite political candidate. Next to her photo was another picture of equal size. It showed a disappointed young man slumped over in defeat. … Read moreHeaven Rules

In Preparation

My friend Phil began chemo treatments in December 2016 for an aggressive form of lymphoma cancer. By God’s grace, he’d been prepared for this challenge in many ways. His wife had battled cancer several years before, and he had seen me go through several treatments in my own battle with an aggressive lymphoma. He had … Read moreIn Preparation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Can Live Forgiven

Do you know God’s grace? If you do, you can live boldly, live robustly; his safety net will break your fall. Nothing fosters courage like a clear grasp of grace. And nothing fosters fear like an ignorance of mercy. May I speak candidly? If you haven’t accepted God’s forgiveness, you’re doomed to live in fear. … Read moreYou Can Live Forgiven

Atrophying or Absorbing?

“…they (are) ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding…”  Mark 4:12 In using parables, or stories with a lesson, Jesus’ words often seemed obscure. Even his closest friends questioned their meanings and shortly before Jesus’ death when he was teaching them important lessons, they said, “Now you are speaking clearly and … Read moreAtrophying or Absorbing?

Resting in the Faithfulness of God

“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed … Read moreResting in the Faithfulness of God

Covenant Keeping God

Put your trust and hope in the Lord.Don’t be discouraged, when things do not seem to go your way.Do not be afraid, but be of good courage.What’s there to fear, if The Lord is always beside you?Trust in the Lord in everything that you do.Be patient, and wait upon Him. The world may think that … Read moreCovenant Keeping God

Can We Talk?

As I sit and pen my thoughts this morning, I am reminded of Jesus’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was at that place He had to make one of the toughest decisions in His life. Should He go forward to the cross, knowing that this was what He was destined to do? Or … Read moreCan We Talk?

A Vast Army

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight … Read moreA Vast Army

Shield of Trust Prayer

When you don’t understand, God invites you to lean into Him and to trust. The following prayer guides you how to pray holding up your shield of trust, regardless of what is going on around you. Father, when things are shaky or dark and I don’t understand, I redirect my focus to Your great heart … Read moreShield of Trust Prayer

The Height of God’s Love

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38-39 (NIV). There is … Read moreThe Height of God’s Love

God in the Storm

“He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.” Psalm 108:29-31 In Luke 8:22-25 we have a delightful … Read moreGod in the Storm

Clutter

“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” – Proverbs 16:3 Are you weighed down by the clutter in your life? I mean lots of little chores to do sometime in no particular order. If you focus too much on these petty tasks, trying to get them out of the way, … Read moreClutter

How to Get Past Regrets

“Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands” Isaiah 43:18-19 (MSG). How often do you play the “If only” game? •    If … Read moreHow to Get Past Regrets

God is Faithful

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God”(Psalm 145:13b). Do you feel confident today that God is always faithful? That He is exactly who He says He is? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t change His mind or get PMS or forget about His promises? Friends or family may let you down … Read moreGod is Faithful

Risk Believing

When forced to stand at the crossroads of belief and unbelief, God’s people choose belief! God’s people risk believing! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in Joshua’s story. You could argue that the central message of the book of Joshua is this headline: “God keeps his promises. Trust him.” The three verses of Joshua 21: … Read moreRisk Believing

Deception of the Heart

“Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.” Deuteronomy 11:16 Our God is so amazing. Majestic. Gracious. Loving. We may think, “I would never serve another.” But tragically, it happens all the time. People who have known and loved God — sometimes for many years … Read moreDeception of the Heart

Renew Our Strength

There was a time that I endured a season in my life when several uncertain and difficult circumstances were bearing down on me, and I remember feeling the weight of more than I could handle pressing hard on me. I could physically sense a weight pushing down on both my shoulders and my neck grew … Read moreRenew Our Strength

The Cost to be Merciful

“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?”  Micah 6:6 God demands a sacrifice in order to forgive us. It’s not because He is some power-hungry being that wants to see humans suffer — just … Read moreThe Cost to be Merciful

God’s Help

You may think that you are tried more than other people are.If you knew the value of it, you would praise God for the trials that come your way. It is in the trials that you are purified; it is through the fiery furnace of affliction that God gets you in the place where He … Read moreGod’s Help