I get what I want, right?
Ooh! Would you look? I get to ask whatever I want and God will grant it! Okay, I’d like a new house on lots of land, a new car with all the things, and travel, lots of travel…. What’s that? That’s not what John 15:7 means? Huh. That doesn’t sound near as exciting, then. We […]
Be devoted! Be alert! Be thankful!
Paul wrote to the believers at Colossae to correct, encourage, and teach them. In this verse, he is telling them to pray. A lot. Like, to be devoted to it. To be devoted in this case is to continually give all or a large part of one’s time or resources to prayer. What most of […]
Anger ≠ Sin
Anger is not a sin. Does that statement shock you? Did you instantly say that anger IS sin? Paul wrote in his letter to the believers at Ephesus to not sin by letting anger control them. He didn’t say don’t be angry. God has anger. He gets mad! Jesus was angry that day he cleared […]
Who has authority, power, and ownership over you?
This intrigues me: Why would God say He is holding us by our RIGHT hand? A little digging reveals that the right hand signifies authority, power, and ownership. If someone is claiming sovereignty over something or someone, they would hold it in or by the right hand. That’s nice, Faye, but what’s that have to […]
You won’t lose you. Let go, will ya?
Give your burdens to the Lord. Sounds simple, right? Just set down what’s bugging you and you’re done. Boom. That’s it. Then why are we walking around with all the weight of every yesterday of our past? Could it be that we lay our burdens on the Lord, but then we hold on to them, […]
Don’t worry about the small stuff like eating and drinking, you have more important things to take care of!
Jesus said that we’re not to worry. But He didn’t say it when the whole world is held captive by a microscopic virus! He didn’t say it when authorities seem to have gone wild. He didn’t say it when everyone had lost their jobs and the economy was at a breaking point. Uhh… yes, He […]
Joyful. Full of joy. Regardless-of-circumstances joy. Beyond-happiness joy. Who doesn’t want that? And God gives us a two-step formula by which to achieve it! 1. Obey God’s laws.2. Search for Him wholeheartedly. Simple enough, right?Then why aren’t we believers joyful beyond description? Simply put, it must be we’re missing one of the two steps. Jeremiah […]
What does laying down your life look like?
With today being Memorial Day in America, the day we honor those who have fallen in the service of their country, this verse can easily be thought of as applying primarily to them. I know when my dad joined the Navy, it was to get away from rural Iowa to see the world, but when […]
Running Away: What you don’t know about escaping pain and trauma could hurt you
Thought #1 – Pain Is Real •Physical pain •Mental pain •Emotional pain •Spiritual pain Thought #2 – Running Away Doesn’t Ease Pain •If we run to another location, the reminders of the pain may be unseen, but they still exist •If we anesthestize with drugs, alcohol, shopping, porn, gambling, food, or other addictions, the pain […]
Hard work ==> EXCELLENT benefits
We often think of discipline as the consequence of wrongdoing. That’s painful, too. Yet it’s meant to draw us back onto the right path, into right behavior. Another form of discipline is that which teaches and trains us for the path. Training that keeps us on the path, growing in strength and confidence. I believe […]
Choose your harvest: life or death
When a farmer plants wheat, he does not harvest corn. When a gardener plants roses, she does not reap daisies. This principle is as old as time. What we put in is what we get out, multiplied. A couple kernels of corn placed into the ground brings out multiple ears of many kernels. Apostle Paul […]
Living Faith over Fear
It was their last night together. Judas had run off to do his thing. Jesus was telling the disciples that He was leaving, going to a place where they could not follow Him to right then. He said He would prepare a place for them so that when it was time, they would join Him […]