Joy and Delight

“The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.” (Matthew 28:8 NLT) Joy isn’t the giddiness experienced by a child as they open gifts at Christmas. It’s a deep, abiding satisfaction that gives evidence of the delightContinue reading “Joy and Delight”

Looking at What’s Left

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”Continue reading “Looking at What’s Left”

A Reason to Be Grateful

“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT) Today in America is Thanksgiving Day. As is the case every seven years, it’s also my birthday. I’m turning 75 today, so I have thousands of reasons to be grateful, but supreme in myContinue reading “A Reason to Be Grateful”

When Prayer is Hard

“What more can I say to You? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.” (2 Samuel 7:20 NLT) Has the fact of who you are ever stood in the way of your prayers? It certainly has for me. The realization that no one knows me better than God; to seek to reconcileContinue reading “When Prayer is Hard”

Living Like This Was Your Last Day!

“Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord, hear my urgent cry.” (Psalm 86:6 NLT) What’s “the MOST” important thing you must do today? This isn’t a “trick” question. It will vary from person to person, but categorically, how do you make decisions? Then how do you prioritize them, so the most important ones get yourContinue reading “Living Like This Was Your Last Day!”

The People We Meet Along the Way

“Then Jesus told him, ‘Go back home. Your son will live!’” (John 4:50a NLT) In a previous post I mentioned that some of the best and some of the worst people I’ve met, were in the church. The reality is, some of them were the same person. God doesn’t call us to serve perfect people,Continue reading “The People We Meet Along the Way”

Giving Thanks!

“She fell at his feet and bowed before him, overwhelmed with gratitude.” (2 Kings 4:37a NLT) In 2 Kings 4 there is a story of a wealthy woman who lived in Shunem, who had no children. Because of her kindness to Elisha, the prophet, though her husband was old, Elisha told her she would haveContinue reading “Giving Thanks!”

The Currency of Heaven

“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.” (Ephesians 2:8 NLT) If you read yesterday’s Post, you may still be asking, “What does this have to do with the benefits of longing for Jesus, of being generous?” And my answer wouldContinue reading “The Currency of Heaven”