The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers who love him— those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong, steady love of God. (Psa 33:18) Our GOD can (and will) come through for us in the most amazing ways. One that sticks in my mind was from a missionary to the Amazon. He told us that he was in a party of 3 missionaries who were trying to cross a particularly difficult river during monsoon. The river wasn’t particularly deep but it was running fast an
… submit to the authority of those who are your masters—not only to those who are kind and gentle but even to those who are hard and difficult. You find God’s favour by deciding to please God even when you endure hardships because of unjust suffering. For what merit is it to endure mistreatment for wrongdoing? Yet if you are mistreated when you do what is right, and you faithfully endure it, this is commendable before God. In fact, you were called to live this way, because Ch
Never retaliate when someone treats you wrongly, nor insult those who insult you, but instead, respond by speaking a blessing over them—because a blessing is what God promised to give you. For the Scriptures tell us: Whoever wants to embrace true life and find beauty in each day must stop speaking evil, hurtful words and never deceive in what they say. Always turn from what is wrong and cultivate what is good; eagerly pursue peace in every relationship, making it your prize.
Hatred keeps old quarrels alive, but love draws a veil over every insult and finds a way to make sin disappear. (Pro 10:12) So love finds a way to make sin disappear! What an amazing statement. If GOD has made love that powerful then what do we want from love? Most of us will agree that when we mess up (and we do – often), we don’t want recrimination. What we actually want is kind, constant, and honest communication. We want to see love in action and not a rebuke. We want to
If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe,
I can testify that the Word is true and deserves to be received by all, for Jesus Christ came into the world to bring sinners back to life—even me, the worst sinner of all! (1 Tim 1:15) We’re living in unprecedented times where the effects of unchecked fear grows rampant in our society. Fear from false news, fear of Covid-19, fear of job losses, fear of financial issues, fear of physical and mental issues, fear of loneliness, fear of what we’re becoming …! But take heart, for
Who are you, Lord?” “I am Jesus, the Victorious… (Acts 9:5) My mother tells a story of how at five years old I almost drowned at our local open air Lido swimming pool. All I remember about the event is an intense emotion rising as I watched everyone around me laughing, jumping in and having fun and I wanted to join in – so I jumped in too! Unfortunately, as I didn’t know how to swim I just sank like a stone. I remember sitting at the bottom thinking that this isn’t as muc
Be good husbands to your wives. Honor them, delight in them. As women they lack some of your advantages. But in the new life of God’s grace, you’re equals. Treat your wives, then, as equals so your prayers don’t run aground. (1 Peter 3:7) As a I write this, I’m looking at a card that says: “Don’t laugh at your husbands choices, you’re one of them!” Seeds of anger, bitterness, toxic jealousy, revenge, cannot be allowed to live in us because: We pray to a GOD Who tells us
You come at me with sword and spear and battle-ax. I come at you in the name of GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel’s troops, whom you curse and mock. This very day GOD is handing you over to me. (1 Sam 17:45) We got a beautiful family picture a few years back of a lovely Italian lady, her husband and 3 children. She had visited us when she was pregnant, but worried because this was her fourth pregnancy and each time she had miscarried. I watched and listened as my
“This is GOD ’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as GOD: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” (Jer 33:2) There must be a gazillion testimonies out there of people just like us, who have called out to GOD for help and He supernaturally heard and answered their call. (Jesus speaking) “Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need.
With passion I pursue and cling to you. Because I feel your grip on my life, I keep my soul close to your heart. (Psa 63:8) Whether you’re meeting today online, making your way to Church, or having Church in your home – it all only makes sense when we keep our souls close to His heart. … Jesus was moved deeply in his spirit. Looking at his disciples, he announced, “I tell you the truth—one of you is about to betray me.” Eyeing each other, his disciples puzzled over which
God, you’re such a safe and powerful place to find refuge! You’re a proven help in time of trouble— more than enough and always available whenever I need you. So we will never fear even if every structure of support were to crumble away. We will not fear even when the earth quakes and shakes, moving mountains and casting them into the sea. For the raging roar of stormy winds and crashing waves cannot erode our faith in you. Pause in his presence Surrender your anxiety! Be sil
Why would you ever complain… or, whine, …saying, “ GOD has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? GOD doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their pr
So then, my soul, why would you be depressed? Why would you sink into despair? Just keep hoping and waiting on God, your Savior. …Here I am depressed and downcast… My deep need calls out to the deep kindness of your love. Your waterfall of weeping sent waves of sorrow over my soul, carrying me away, cascading over me like a thundering cataract. Yet all day long God’s promises of love pour over me. Through the night I sing his songs, for my prayer to God has become my life… So
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lam 3:22) There’s a great line in The Shack where Mac is asking GOD why he still bothers with him especially when no matter what he does, he still gets it wrong! GOD responds by saying, “Mac, this is only your third attempt, but I know that you’ll get it right on the 48th! You’re on the right track, keep going, only another 45 attempts to go!
So make wisdom your quest— search for the revelation of life’s meaning. Don’t let what I say go in one ear and out the other. Stick with wisdom and she will stick to you, protecting you throughout your days. She will rescue all those who passionately listen to her voice. Wisdom is the most valuable commodity—so buy it! Revelation knowledge is what you need—so invest in it! (Prov 4:5) All roads lead somewhere. All decisions have consequences. Fear, pain, anger, bitterness, r
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”Jos 1:8) GOD’s Word to Joshua is as relevant today as it was back then. If you’ve had a relationship with Christ longer than 5 minutes, then I’m certain that you’ll have a Bible that’s got underscoring and margin marks and coloured highlights all over it! And all because when you set yourself
There is nothing God hates more than condemning the one who is innocent and acquitting the one who is guilty. (Pro 17:15) … and because of all we’ve ever done, or will ever do against each other, He took upon Himself all our guilt, all our shame, all our hurt, all our punishment – so that we wouldn’t have to…! Thank You Lord. ❤️ #health #answeredprayers #grace #worship #loveinaction #kindness #lovingothers #amazinggrace #choices #loving #trust #friendship #prayer #friend
So don’t be impatient for the Lord to act; keep moving forward steadily in his ways, and he will exalt you at the right time. And when he does, you will possess every promise, including your full inheritance. (Psa 37:34) One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.
After the last scene of my l
My brothers and sisters, when I first came to proclaim to you the secrets of God, I refused to come as an expert, trying to impress you with my eloquent speech and lofty wisdom. For while I was with you I was determined to be consumed with one topic—Jesus, the crucified Messiah. I stood before you feeling inadequate, filled with reverence for God, and trembling under the sense of the importance of my words. The message I preached and how I preached it was not an attempt to sw