“but his delight is in the law[a] of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” Psalm 1:2-3 It is one thing to know the Word of God, but quite another thing to keep God’s Word. What’s the difference? Faith is believing in what God’s Word says, HIS promises, commandments and God’s redemptive story. Active faith! Psalm … Read More
We know from the Bible that children are very important to Christ. In Matthew 19, Jesus tells his disciples to allow the children to come to him so he can lay hands on them and pray for them. He also stresses the importance of having a childlike faith. But where does that faith come from? We are born with limited understanding of God our creator, but we must be taught about His goodness. Deuteronomy 11: 19 Teach them to your children…when you sit at home…walk along the road…lie down and … Read More
Sometimes when we approach the Word of God, we have a spirit of timidity because we fear the God of the universe won’t speak to us. We see our past, we see our mistakes and we think why would He talk to me? Or maybe your fear is different. Maybe your fear is you won’t be able to hear Him or you won’t understand what you are reading. Here is what I know: God doesn’t speak “Fear.” John 14: 26 The Holy Ghost…shall teach you, and bring to your remembrance … Read More
That second winter of our marriage, as Claude and I held our firstborn son of two months, we knew we were in trouble. This barely-five-pounds-at-birth child’s every inclination seemed to run contrary to anything that made us comfortable. He was born by emergency c-section; his colicky tummy made me give up the idea of cloth diapers in a heartbeat; his erratic nursing pattern left me engorged and miserable; he was relaxed in his Dad’s arms only in the most awkward positions; of course, what little sleep pattern he had ran … Read More
Eternal truth – what is it? Christianity is God reaching down. He always makes the first move – whether in Genesis when He created the heavens and earth by speaking into existence, then created man and woman giving them breath. But God didn’t stop there – in the New Testament he sent Jesus, His son, to earth to live and walk among us to show the way and finally the Holy Spirit to live within each of us. Throughout history and today God is reaching down to say to His … Read More
Ever since I was a little girl, I remember reading and memorizing Psalm 23. I had no idea the impact it had on my life until I began to look back and reflect on all the times I know God was present in my life. I was a child who went to church with a neighbor or family member when they took us. I always thought of it as a fun time at Sunday school with the other kids. Little did I know God was watering a seed my mom … Read More
The saying goes, “sticks and stones can break my bones but names (or words) will never hurt me.” I don’t fully subscribe to this idea because our words are powerful. Individually, in pairs, as sentences or paragraphs, words have power to build up or tear down. By the simplicity of words, our complex universe was created. So why do we struggle at times with the power of God’s Word? Is it because the words of man, so near, so clear, so ready and accessible to our senses and situations, can … Read More
John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. In the original Christmas story, the whole world was too busy … Read More
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– James 5:16 PERSONAL: Ask God what He wants you to take away from these 14 Days of Prayer. Act on what He says. CORNERSTONE: Pray that this year we would see many salvations. MOTIVATION: Pray for Motivation’s Launch day!