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 […]

God’s Response To My Gripe

God’s Response To My Gripe

I heard the words come out of my mouth in a conversation with my friend.  After a few sentences I caught myself and thought, I’ve got to turn this around!  So I quickly started saying some positive, uplifting things.  I did this because there is one thing I don’t want to become…. a griper! I […]

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. […]

Hope

Hope

When “life” happens, it’s not always a good thing. And considering the times we live in, it seems to be steeped in sin and its consequences. Shootings. Deaths. Illnesses. Diseases. Natural Disasters. It’s enough to way us down, to pilfer away all of our hope. When our world looks the way it does, what is […]

Should I Fight Anger?

Should I Fight Anger?

Some psychologists say that it’s unhealthy to stuff down your feelings. They advocate freely expressing your anger. If you are upset, communicate it to others! Otherwise you’ll be emotionally blocked and paralyzed. Our culture tells us we have a “right” to be heard, and they protest in the streets to express their outrage. Anger is […]

Seize Your Hope

Seize Your Hope

What kind of hope do you have?  Is it a feeling of waiting expectantly for a certain event to happen?  Or, is it wanting something so much that you anticipate it… pin your hopes on it?   Having hope is a good feeling.  It gives us something to hold onto while we’re waiting for what we […]

Change Is In The Air

Change Is In The Air

Brave Enough to Be

Brave Enough to Be

“Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.” -Carol Moseley-Braun Who am I? I’ve been asking myself this question for a while. The answer arrives in waves, evolutions, and revolutions. I know I’m not what the world wants me to be. I’m more. Yet when […]

Living in the Spirit

Living in the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit sound so simple in concept: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22). Yet achieving these qualities and walking in them daily is quite another matter. It’s easy to experience peace when life goes smoothly, but a much greater challenge to exude when your doctor shares unwanted […]

Is God Holding Out On Me?

Is God Holding Out On Me?

We all may have asked this question, especially when there is something that we really want or need and God doesn’t seem to be coming through for us.  God has the power to provide so why doesn’t He just give us the thing we’re hoping or praying for?  If we’re not careful, our thoughts might […]

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

How to Know You’re Going to Heaven

  She looks at me through watery eyes, her grief seeping through her pores like something souring. She tells me she just wants to know for sure that she’ll see him again – the brother she lost too soon.  She says he professed belief in God.  He was a good person.  She wants to know […]

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

Desire Married to Expectation = Hope

If we desire something… Expect it to appear any day… We have hope. Let’s imagine that you desire a new automobile. You awake every morning expecting it to be parked in your driveway. But you have not researched cars or test-driven any vehicles. You do not know what model, make and year you desire. What […]

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

What Does It Really Mean To “Receive” Jesus?

When I was a little girl, I attended an after school Bible club across the street.  One day, as the program was ending, the leader told all of the kids to line up to pray with her and ask Jesus into our hearts.  Since it appeared that we weren’t going to go home for dinner […]

Are You Ready for His Return?

Are You Ready for His Return?

  Sunday evening I slip out for some fresh air, and the Pennsylvania sky is drab – a monotone grey sheet has settled upon us, and days of sunshine will continue to be rare until the summer solstice comes with promises for better days. A few oak trees cling to weathered tawny leaves, but every […]

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Underneath the Mask of Winter, Is Spring…

Every year I promise myself, this time, I will adjust to winter much better this year. However,  every year it gets harder and harder to endure the winds, cold, rain, sleet, and snow –no matter how many cute outfits I put together. Winter can be harsh, but when I saw the sun peek her face […]

Where is God’s Justice?

Where is God’s Justice?

Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just zap people when they are hurting others?  If someone is killing or robbing people, why doesn’t God just strike that person down, as with a bolt of lightning?  How can He let people get away with evil? The problem is that our sense of justice is not […]

We Are All One

We Are All One

As many do, I truly enjoy watching the Olympics whenever they’re on. I feel it’s only right when these athletes devote their whole lives working to achieve making it to and participating in the Olympics that the least we can do is take the time to watch them compete and support them. But besides supporting […]