Do you ever get frustrated about ministry? Do you feel as if God has put a big dream on the inside of you to help, to teach, to tell the world about Him, but it never seems to get off the ground? If you can even get started, its slow going. That project you approached … Continue reading How to Be Used By God
How to Grow Closer to God
Last week I talked about fasting. If fasting is a new concept to you, you may be wondering what it is and why do it. In the Bible, a fast refers to going without food for a period of time. Usually these were times when those fasting were seeking God and His favor either in … Continue reading How to Grow Closer to God
Faith vs. Flesh
There is a story in the Bible (Mark 9:17-29) that has always puzzled me. Jesus came down from praying with Peter, James, and John to find a scene of pandemonium. When He asks the reason, a man steps forward to say that he had asked the disciples to cast a demon from his son and … Continue reading Faith vs. Flesh
Cast Your Cares Once and for All
The Bible advises us to cast our cares onto God. Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7 AMP). The problem is that most of us cast our … Continue reading Cast Your Cares Once and for All
What Do You Do for Amazement?
I was asked this question today in a tongue-in-cheek way. The questioner was trying, in a less predictable and more humorous way, to find out a bit about me. Do you hate the question, “What do you like to do for fun,” as much as I do? Rather than my answer revealing the unique and … Continue reading What Do You Do for Amazement?
Rise Up and Walk!
I’ve talked a lot here about the mind and the importance of right thinking and right believing. If we don’t line these up with what God says in His Word, everything will be out of whack. This is certainly emphasized in the Bible. In several places Paul talks about the mind and our thought lives … Continue reading Rise Up and Walk!
Are You a Fair-Weather Friend?
We love to focus on God’s goodness. Christians recite His promises to care for us, heal us, and protect us. We belief it is His will to prosper us. These promises are real, and I have many stories to tell of His loving care in my own life. But lately, I pause to wonder, do … Continue reading Are You a Fair-Weather Friend?
How to Stay Cool This Summer
How’s your joy? I hear groaning! There are plenty of reasons to feel down. For one, here in Central Texas the June temperatures are mimicking mid-August and just stepping outside will cause you to swoon. Hard to be joyful when sweat drips down your back and melted sunscreen burns your eyes. It doesn’t help to … Continue reading How to Stay Cool This Summer
How to Connect Your Heart to God
There are devotional books whose daily readings I review year after year. One of these is God Calling, edited by A.J. Russell. The writers of the book remain anonymous. Every year something in my life draws my attention to a new message in the familiar words. The passage for May 31 included an encouragement to … Continue reading How to Connect Your Heart to God
What is Sin?
Sin. It’s a very unpopular topic, but it’s impossible to talk about God and His Plan of Salvation without addressing the elephant in the room. If we were not separated from God by our lawlessness, why would we need a Savior? First, let me say that Jesus was clear. The topic of sin is not … Continue reading What is Sin?