Amazing

Amazing

An incredible event took place over 2,000 years ago that changed everything.  Our world has never been the same since that spectacular night.  This was a moment in time that was predicted hundreds of years earlier and is still talked about and celebrated to this day.  It is considered the greatest event in history.  It […]

The Pure Bloodline

The Pure Bloodline

During the 1950’s and 60’s, Ivory Soap was advertised on television as 99 and 44/100% pure. This was a selling point to mothers who wanted their babies’ clothes and diapers to be as clean and sanitized as possible. This sounds good and may be acceptable for soap, but 99 and 44/100% pure is not good […]

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

For Such a Time As This–What’s YOUR Assignment?

I first became aware of a world outside my family in sixth grade. I saw America heading for a culture similar to the debauched Roman Empire of two thousand years previous. A culture of hedonism, living for self, instead of the ideals that had once made it strong. ESTHER’S ASSIGNMENT Four hundred years before that, […]

Essential Life Lessons

Essential Life Lessons

One can get lost in the names and reigning of kings in the pages of the Old Testament. But if we take the time to delve deeper into their stories, we’ll find essential lessons for life. Ones we should make a point never to forget. While reading through II Chronicles, I noticed a central thread […]

Guard Your Gate

Guard Your Gate

A gate is the ideal spot to have control over who or what comes and goes at that crucial entrance point of an important place.  A simple passage in Isaiah gives us a wonderful promise about the significance of a gate and if we study it carefully, we will also notice a hidden warning.  But […]

Keep A Soft Heart Toward God with Gratitude

Keep A Soft Heart Toward God with Gratitude

Because although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened (Romans 1:21 NKJV). This verse is part of Paul’s letter to the Romans explaining how people really know there is a God even when they don’t admit it. […]

I Have Doubt

I Have Doubt

While watching the morning news today, a local Priest made a statement about the Catholic Church and its handling of Priests who had been accused of inappropriate behavior with minors, he said, “lose faith in the Church but never lose faith in Jesus.” In the movie Doubt, the head Nun made a statement at the […]

16 Ways to Satisfy Your Soul

16 Ways to Satisfy Your Soul

The wind-swept mountain offers little reprieve, and I claw my way up the vertical granite rock face. I’m alone at 11,000 feet, and it hasn’t occurred to me that this might be a bad idea.  I’m young and invincible, and all I want to do is seek the next summit – encounter the next thrill. […]

How Different Does Your Life Look?

How Different Does Your Life Look?

Believers in Christ are told that we are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. That is the purpose behind being baptized. But how different does your life look from others around you? “…Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our […]

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

I Need More of Christ ~ Less of Me

John the Baptist was a different sort of fellow. Dressed in a garment fashioned of camel’s hair with a steady diet of locust and wild honey, he seemed an unlikely candidate for a forerunner of Jesus. And yet, Christ claimed “among those born of women there is no one greater than John.” (Luke 7:28) People […]

Grace Brings God’s Rest

Grace Brings God’s Rest

The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away; behold, all things are become new (NKJV). We become a new creation spiritually, but our humanity still strives to please God by works. We hear man-made rules with the intent of […]

You Are So Loved!

You Are So Loved!

Do you believe that? I admit, it’s a struggle for me. I was raised in a home where I didn’t feel much love or affection. Most of the time I felt like an unwanted annoyance and was simply tolerated. Even today, my now-elderly parents communicate with me in an almost polite, businesslike manner. They are […]

Receive Like A Child

Receive Like A Child

In Luke 18:16-17 we read, “But Jesus called for them, saying, ‘Permit the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all. ‘” Luke‬ […]

Strength Under Control

Strength Under Control

Have you ever felt like one of your strengths was beginning to drag you down?  A hard worker turns into a workaholic.  A compassionate person no longer sets healthy boundaries.  Success turns into greed.  When strength and blessings are unbridled or uncontrolled, they can become stumbling blocks or even destroy us.  A wild horse is […]

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

Jesus Understands the Pain of Grief

I lost my mother last month. I lost, but she gained. She gained heaven, a body free from suffering, a reunion with my dad and other loved ones, and most of all the welcoming embrace of Jesus. Death is part of life and when we lose loved ones, it hurts. No matter how prepared we […]

How to Ravish God’s Heart

How to Ravish God’s Heart

  You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; You have ravished my heart With one look of your eyes Song of Solomon 4:9 NKJV The June air is thin and brisk. It stings my lungs, and I pull my fleece jacket around my neck to keep the chill out.  Towering granite peaks surround […]

Got Jesus?

Got Jesus?

Recently I “inherited” a shirt with the words “Got Jesus?” across the front of it. The white lettering stands out clearly against the pure black background. As I slipped the shirt on for the first time and started for town, a sobering though struck me. Everyone I came across would read the words and immediately […]

The Power Within You

The Power Within You

Attention all Christians:  This is a reminder that the amazing, powerful Holy Spirit lives inside of you!  Why do we need to be reminded?  Because as we go through life’s ups and downs, we may forget…. or take for granted …. or simply not understand the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. […]