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”

Hope and Optimism

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.” (1 Peter 3:15-16a NLT) As a Jesus follower hope is a multi-faceted confidence that centers in and focuses upon Jesus, our SaviorContinue reading “Hope and Optimism”

Where Is Your Hope?

“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.” (Jeremiah 17:7 NLT) In what do you have confidence? Confidence is a rare commodity in the world in which we live. To have confidence in something or someone is to place our trust in it/them. Though weContinue reading “Where Is Your Hope?”

Accomplishing the Impossible

“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.” (Hebrews 11:27 NLT) Have you ever marveled at the accomplishments of someone who is really good at something? At Christmas time I haveContinue reading “Accomplishing the Impossible”

Belief and Hope

“I have the same hope in God that these men have, that He will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Acts 24:15 NLT) As we continue our look into the “couples” of the Bible, today we’ll consider the relationship between hope and belief. While similar in some ways, they stand alone in the emphasisContinue reading “Belief and Hope”

Our Long-Awaited Messiah

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulders: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 KJV) As 2022 draws to a close, regardless of what kind of year you’reContinue reading “Our Long-Awaited Messiah”

Why Christmas Matters

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on His shoulders. And He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NLT) What if God had never sent Jesus to earth? In a recent devotional from Anticipating Christmas, a 5-dayContinue reading “Why Christmas Matters”

Our Indispensable Anchor

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:19 NLT) Hope, like love, is an often misunderstood and underused privilege that is given those of us who know and love Jesus. Hoping for a good score on an exam or thatContinue reading “Our Indispensable Anchor”

The Hope of Glory

“For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing His glory.” (Colossians 1:27 NLT) As you think about what you’re hoping to achieve in this life, what, for you, would beContinue reading “The Hope of Glory”

When All Hope Seems Gone

“Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord Himself has raised His fist against me.” (Ruth 1:13 NLT) Naomi’s words above reflect a heart that is broken from the traumaContinue reading “When All Hope Seems Gone”