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!”

Listening for the Voices

“So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.” (1 Thessalonians 3:7-8 NLT) Troubles and suffering are common to mankind. No one isContinue reading “Listening for the Voices”

You WILL Run Again!

“Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins!” (Isaiah 53:4 NLT) While in high school I played basketball in a summer league. While jumping for a rebound I came down wrong onContinue reading “You WILL Run Again!”

When You Can’t See Through the Fog

“For the Lord God is our sun and shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, what joy for those who trust in You.” (Psalm 84:11-12 NLT) One of the most difficult and scary environments in whichContinue reading “When You Can’t See Through the Fog”

When the Well Seems Dry

“Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink.” (Genesis 21:19 NLT) Do you ever get discouraged? If not, you’re certainly the exception. Discouragement, disappointment, emotional ups and downs are a part of life – yes, even life inContinue reading “When the Well Seems Dry”

When You Reach the End of Yourself

“The commander of the Lord’s army replied, ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did as he was told.” (Joshua 5:15 NLT) Joshua was the man God chose to lead the children of Israel into their promised land after the death of Moses. There were two predominantContinue reading “When You Reach the End of Yourself”

You’re Doing More Than You Realize

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart…” (Matthew 12:35a NLT) Have you ever been discouraged? Of course you have, as I and every other believer who ever lived has. What does it mean to be discouraged? From a Biblical perspective, it means “to be disheartened, dispirited, or broken inContinue reading “You’re Doing More Than You Realize”

An Audience of One

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NLT) Have you ever been discouraged? Did you know discouragement is one of Satan’s favorite tools? Why? Because Satan is a liar, and discouragement is a lie posing as the truth, to cause us to believe something, usually about ourselves, that is untrue. AContinue reading “An Audience of One”