The second church that Jesus addressed in Revelation was the church in Smyrna. The Christians in Smyrna were surrounded by people that were antagonistic to the gospel and they faced constant persecution. Jesus knew the struggles they faced. He acknowledged that they suffered afflictions and lived in poverty. He understood that they were constantly slandered. … Continue reading Faithful to the end
What is your first response when you’re in trouble? I'll admit mine is usually to panic! I start trying to figure out how I can get out of the mess I’m in. I start searching for something or someone that can help me out. Like someone drowning in a raging sea, I thrash around, trying … Continue reading Don’t panic! Turn to God!
Thousands of years before Jesus came to earth to die for the sins of the world, his work as an advocate and an intercessor was already underway. In the midst of his torment, Job acknowledged that he had someone in heaven looking out for him! Even now my witness is in heaven; my advocate is … Continue reading My Intercessor is my Friend
Picture the scene. The disciples are in a boat with Jesus, the one that spoke the seas into being. Suddenly a treacherous storm hits. The winds are howling and the waves are smashing. I can picture the disciples frantically trying to steady the sail and bail the water out of the boat. I can picture … Continue reading Frantic
Here I am again. Drowning in a cacophony of chaos! It amazes me how I allow this to happen. I'm moving along in life just fine. Remaining in prayer and in the Word of God. Dealing with life's trials as they come. When suddenly it's like there is an onslaught. One thing happens. And then … Continue reading Drowning in chaos
God uses all sorts of ways to display his glory, even though in the midst of it we might not see or understand. When the Israelites had finally been set free from years of slavery in Egypt, they had no idea that God had a plan to show their captors one more time that he … Continue reading God’s Glory Displayed
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2 NLT) When people look at me, do they see me being transformed? … Continue reading Transformed by Jesus