Do Unbelievers Anger You?

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10 NLT) When my sister, Patti, was in the hospital for the last time, we knew she was dying, so we were very concerned that whoever cared for her – nurses, doctors, even the people who came in to gatherContinue reading “Do Unbelievers Anger You?”

Stand Up to Your Bullies!

“In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea.” (1Continue reading “Stand Up to Your Bullies!”

When Words Aren’t Enough

“Then David asked the Lord, ‘Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?’ And the Lord told him, ‘Yes, go after them. You will surely recover everything that was taken from you!’” (1 Samuel 30:8 NLT) 1 Samuel 30 records a story of the Amalekites raiding Ziklag, where David and hisContinue reading “When Words Aren’t Enough”

God’s Most Loving Words

“Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘Be encouraged, My child! Your sins are forgiven.’” (Matthew 9:2 NLT) If you’re a Jesus follower, do you remember the first time He told you your sins were forgiven? On some levels those words haveContinue reading “God’s Most Loving Words”

Is God Angry With You?

“Then the Lord became angry with Moses. ‘All right,’ He Said. ‘What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you…’” (Exodus 4:14 NLT) This is a rather delicate subject, and I don’t want toContinue reading “Is God Angry With You?”

Are You Entitled?

“Arise, O judge of the earth. Give the proud what they deserve.” (Psalm 94:2 NLT) In our weaker moments we’re tempted to believe God has been unfair in giving us the “hand” we’ve been dealt. That’s usually when we begin the “blame game” or the “what about them” rant. I’ve been there and it hurtsContinue reading “Are You Entitled?”

The Crisis of Meaninglessness

“’Everything is meaningless,’ says the Teacher, ‘completely meaningless.’” (Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT) In a recent article by John Stonestreet of the Colson Center, he highlighted the teen mental health crisis. One New York Times journalist noted that “major depressive episodes” and teen suicides have increased by 60% since 2007. Stonestreet wrote: “The factors behind this tsunamiContinue reading “The Crisis of Meaninglessness”

A Closer Look at Peace

“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79 NLT) There are more than 100 references to peace in the New TestamentContinue reading “A Closer Look at Peace”

Understanding the Nature of Sin

“Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin.” (Romans 3:9 NLT) The only appropriate response to the glory of God is worship. Anything less is blasphemy! That’s why RayContinue reading “Understanding the Nature of Sin”

What We Can Learn from Peter’s Failure

“’No!’ Peter insisted. ‘Even if I have to die with You, I will never deny you!’” (Matthew 26:35a NLT) Have you ever made a promise or a statement of conviction that at the time you had 100% confidence you would keep? But afterwards life happens and everything you thought you’d do or be flies outContinue reading “What We Can Learn from Peter’s Failure”