Easter is the ultimate demonstration of hope! On the heels of what looked like the worst defeat came the best victory. Jesus' followers had bet everything on Him. They left their old lives behind to be all in with Him. Jesus had convinced them that following Him would place them on the right side of … Continue reading Easter – The Ultimate Demonstration of Hope
I keep thinking that I wish life would go back to "normal" but what does "normal" look like? And is that what God wants? After all, He has allowed us to be shaken for a reason. We've been given a new perspective and our priorities have been realigned. Where we once thought our heroes were … Continue reading Will We Be Different?
We are currently experiencing a worldwide pandemic that is altering life in America as we know it. It’s hard not to be afraid when you see the empty store shelves and hear our leaders talk about “social distancing.” I can admit that fear keeps creeping in. It comes in waves. One minute I’m amazed at … Continue reading The store shelves may be empty, but the storehouses of God are not!
When we are going through a challenging experience, the wait can be the hardest part. It's hard not to wonder where God is and why He is allowing it to happen. There are countless examples in the Bible of godly people who waited through challenging circumstances while God's plan unfolded. Noah spent years building a … Continue reading 5 Ways God Works on You While You Wait
Have you ever heard the expression, "Be a Berean"? The Bereans were a group of early Christians that Paul visited in his travels. In the Book of Acts, they are commended for examining the Scriptures for themselves. They eagerly listened to the gospel message that Paul and Silas presented to them, but they also matched … Continue reading Be a Berean!
In the Book of Acts, we read about the beginning of the church. Jesus had instructed His disciples to tell the whole world the Good News that He is the Messiah and that through Him they can be saved. Then He sent the Holy Spirit so that they could accomplish that goal. They faced ridicule, … Continue reading Sleep … God is in Control!
Do you struggle to make decisions? I'm not talking about moral decisions that have an obvious right or wrong answer but about arbitrary ones. And not unimportant ones like what's for dinner, but big ones like which city to live in or which job to take. The kind of choices that will impact your life but … Continue reading Making Decisions Takes Wisdom, Courage, & Faith
John 9 As each day passed, Jesus knew He was getting closer to fulfilling His mission on earth. He knew the cross was coming and the resurrection would follow. He knew that soon He would no longer be walking and talking with His disciples. And He knew they needed to be prepared to carry the … Continue reading Jesus Changes Everything!
Another weekend is here, and once again I am overwhelmed by my to-do list. There are so many things to get done, and I am praying for Spirit-filled productivity so that I can get to them all. I keep finding myself back on the hamster wheel, running in circles but getting nowhere! God provides us with … Continue reading Number Your Days … Budget Your Time
For You, God, tested us; You refined us as silver is refined...we went through the fire and water, but You brought us out to abundance. - Psalm 66:10,12 CSB What if we started to think about how the struggles we go through are refining us? In our sin nature, we were born with impurities that … Continue reading Refined by our trials