86,400 Ticks of the Clock

“So be careful how you live; be mindful of your steps. Don’t run around like idiots as the rest of the world does. Instead, walk as the wise! Make the most of every living and breathing moment because these are evil times.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 The Voice translation) *Please read these “timely” words of Sylvia Gunter.Continue reading “86,400 Ticks of the Clock”

How Do You Want to Be Loved?

“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.’” (Hosea 3:1 NLT) When I think of Hosea, I think of aContinue reading “How Do You Want to Be Loved?”

Why Give?

“When the Roman officer who stood facing Him saw how He died, he exclaimed, ‘This man truly was the Son of God!’” (Mark 15:39 NLT) Giving, in whatever form it may occur, if it’s done in an effort to do good, blesses the heart of God. The story that Jesus tells in Matthew 25 regardingContinue reading “Why Give?”

The Price of Love

“So Jacob worked seven years to pay for Rachel. But his love for her was so strong that it seemed to Him but a few days.” (Genesis 29:20 NLT) Love, like faith, is in many ways an intangible. It becomes visible only when acted upon. How many times a day do we tell someone thatContinue reading “The Price of Love”

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!”

Love Always Finds a Way

“There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich.” (Luke 19:2 NLT) Tax collectors were despised people in Jesus’ day. They were typically Jews who worked for the Roman government collecting taxes from their own people. When someone was trying to describeContinue reading “Love Always Finds a Way”

Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 1)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down…” (Hebrews 12:1a NLT) The writer of the Hebrew letter opens chapter twelve with a reference to the “huge crowd of witnesses” that have run the race of faithContinue reading “Keeping Our Focus on Jesus (Part 1)”

Why Do We Neglect Prayer?

“Hear my prayer, O Lord! Listen to my cries for help! Don’t ignore my tears.” (Psalm 39:12a NLT) Sometimes we get so busy with the work of the Lord, we forget the Lord of the work, until there’s a crisis! Then He’s all we can think about. Why is it prayer is often our lastContinue reading “Why Do We Neglect Prayer?”

What Are the Odds?

“All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through His prophet.” (Matthew1:22 NLT) Let’s say you and I were having a conversation and you mentioned that you’d never been to the Grand Canyon. If I said, “Wow! You’ll be amazed. I’ve been there a couple of times and it’s well worth the trip.” DependingContinue reading “What Are the Odds?”

Is Seeking God’s Kingdom Your Top Priority?

“Set your heart first on His Kingdom and His goodness…” (Matthew 6:33a – Phillips) In yesterday’s Post we looked at what it means to “Seek” God’s Kingdom, by earnestly and consistently PURSUING God through thorough and persistent study and investigation. Desiring Him above all else, in a similar way as you would desire someone withContinue reading “Is Seeking God’s Kingdom Your Top Priority?”