Constructing Confidence

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;    he brought me into a spacious place.The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.    What can mere mortals do to me?The Lord is with me; he is my helper.    I look in triumph on my enemies.It is better to take refuge in the Lord    than to trust in humans.It is better to take refuge in the Lord    than to…

When Correction Is Correct

Have you ever been frustrated when someone corrects you? How do you tend to handle it? What if the someone is God? Proverbs 3 provides a wonderful example of fatherly advice on how to handle correction. It unfolds like a roadmap that the father has already marked for his son. The father even mentions various…

Tough Words

“Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will…

Intro to Psalm 119

1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,    who walk according to the law of the Lord.2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes    and seek him with all their heart—3 they do no wrong    but follow his ways.4 You have laid down precepts    that are to be fully obeyed.5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast    in obeying your decrees!6 Then I would not be put to shame    when I consider…

Where Do You Stand?

George Barna, over six years beginning in 2011, contacted 15,000 people and interviewed them regarding where they were in their walk with God. People tended to find themselves in these various categories: Condition of the People Population(North America) SpiritualStatus Unaware of Sin 1% “Lost” Indifferent to Sin 16% Worried about Sin 39% Forgiven from Sin…

Go For What You Know!

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them…

Our Helper in Prayer – Part 1

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope  that  the…

Why Involvement Matters

Have you ever noticed a need or a problem that was either too big for one person to solve or that had been going on for too long to believe that a solution would ever arise? Have you considered that you could make a contribution in the effort that would help lead towards healing and…

Party of One

What does the Bible say about loneliness? Loneliness can be a time for communion with God and for prayer and meditation. There are legitimate concerns for extended lengths of time without interaction with others. There are other times when being alone is necessary! The next time you find yourself alone, try to make a habit…

Welcome to Jesus!

When you visit a new place, be it a store, an amusement park, a city, a natural phenomenon or landscape, or some other area of wonder, what is the first sight, sound, emotion, or experience that causes your eyes to brighten, your mouth to widen, and your pulse to quicken? What excites you about this…