The Brightness of Your Shining Life

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deedsContinue reading “The Brightness of Your Shining Life”

Being a Symphony of Light

“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” (Hebrews 11:3 NLT) What is the purpose of light? If we gave that some serious thought, I’m sure we could come up with a lot of answers. ButContinue reading “Being a Symphony of Light”

Forgiveness and Transformation

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT) God’s design and desire for us is to become a brand-newContinue reading “Forgiveness and Transformation”

Do You Expect Great Things?

“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:22-23 NLT)Continue reading “Do You Expect Great Things?”

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”

The Christ-Life

“And you are living stones that God is building into His spiritual temple.” (1 Peter 2:5a NLT) As I reflect on some of my posts, the Lord is enabling me to see a couple of things that are critical that I understand. First, I’m not the “judge” of another person’s lifestyle or character. I cannotContinue reading “The Christ-Life”

What Is Propitiation?

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 KJV) It never ceases to amaze me and ignite my spirit when I see someone open their heart and life to Jesus for the first time. To findContinue reading “What Is Propitiation?”

When Loves Shines Through

The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” (John 1:5 The Message) Whether you’re speaking literally or figuratively, darkness can be terrifying, especially if you’re in a place you’ve never been before. When my wife of more than 20 years left me, it was as if the light in myContinue reading “When Loves Shines Through”

What Am I Missing?

“And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:23b NLT) Often as I’ve spoken to someone about their need of Jesus, their recurring theme is one of uncertainty. It’s like they agree with me. . . BUT! So, as I inquire further, the bottom line becomes:Continue reading “What Am I Missing?”

The Birth of Jesus

“In the beginning the Word already existed.” (John 1:1a NLT) Today, and for the next four days, I want to build on yesterday’s post by Chuck Colson, by continuing to explore the birth of Jesus. We’ll look at how the Gospels approach His birth and what His birth means to us, as inhabitants of planetContinue reading “The Birth of Jesus”