A Deep Sadness

“I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.” (Psalm 31:10 NLT) Grief can be a debilitating disease of the soul. While grief can be healthy and helpful, it can also drive us to a destructive self-analysis that can be crippling. IfContinue reading “A Deep Sadness”

The Safe Room

“I have given them Your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.” (John 17:14-15 NLT) On May 20, 2013Continue reading “The Safe Room”

What Is the Unpardonable Sin?

“I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.” (Mark 3:28-29 NLT) The context of the above verses is a time early in Jesus’ ministry when He’d been healing people and casting out demons.Continue reading “What Is the Unpardonable Sin?”

To the Second!

“We blossom like a flower and then wither. Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.” (Job 14:2 NLT) A wise friend made the observation that for families with small children the days are long, but the years are short. My “baby” girl will turn 50 this year, though it seems only yesterday we brought her home from theContinue reading “To the Second!”

What are You Waiting for?

“Another of His disciples said, ‘Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.’ But Jesus told him, ‘Follow Me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.’” (Matthew 8:21-22 NLT) We place a lot of priority on our priorities! That’s the nature of man. We tend to believe that what is importantContinue reading “What are You Waiting for?”

Faith Without Good Deeds

“How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?” (James 2:20 NLT) Throughout the Bible there are numerous truths that are emphasized in comparison with something else. Things like “faith without good deeds,” “knowledge without love,” “pleasing God without faith,” and many more. In the next few posts, I’d like to highlightContinue reading “Faith Without Good Deeds”

What Breaks God’s Heart?

“So the Lord was sorry He had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke His heart.” (Genesis 6:6 NLT) Have you ever asked the Lord to let what breaks His heart, break yours? It may sound very “spiritual,” but it’s debilitating. It’s a heaviness of heart and mind that saps yourContinue reading “What Breaks God’s Heart?”