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?
Category: Knowing 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
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?
Recently I flew to Tulsa, Oklahoma to spend a few days with my sister. It was wonderful to spend time with her, but travel is always fraught with inconvenience and uncertainty. Changes in routine are the point of leaving home but can still be unsettling. Problems begin with the flight, especially these days. I’ve booked … Continue reading There’s No Place Like Home!
Are you feeling that if you could only get a handle on a few key issues, you could definitely be content? Happy? What are those for you? Maybe it's weight or health, relationships, career, finances. The biggies, right? If you’re like me, sometimes the results of my best efforts take me in the opposite direction … Continue reading Walk This Way
In the Bible, the Psalms get very real. They express the nitty gritty of the person’s true fears and emotions as they struggle to find God in the middle of their circumstances. They often begin with tears, doubts, and frustrations, but as the author works through his pain and centers himself on the One who … Continue reading No Need to Mince Words with God!
When Jesus sat down to explain His mission to His disciples, He began by describing the benefits of paying close attention to what He was about to say. In Matthew 5:1-11, He explained that we can have all the blessings we long for if we are hungry and thirsty enough to find them God’s way—the … Continue reading You Are Salty and Bright!
The moment you accepted Christ as your Savior, you were completely changed! The changes weren’t visible in the mirror (except as a broad smile, perhaps) and you might not have felt any different in your body. The floating on a cloud feeling you experienced on that mountain top where you met Jesus may have ended … Continue reading Look in the Right Mirror!
Do you believe in Satan? The idea of a personal devil has fallen into disrepute. In a study by the Barna Group released in Faith & Christianity magazine, 60% of Christians surveyed at least somewhat agree with the statement that Satan “is not a living being but a symbol of evil.” Only 26% strongly disagreed … Continue reading Don’t Be Fooled by the Devil
As is often the case, the world around us defines words and circumstances very differently than the Bible does. “Contentment” is one of those words. When I began my New Year’s Resolution to become more content, as the Apostle Paul claimed to be, I assumed I knew what that term meant. It seemed to me … Continue reading What is Contentment?