Precious and Very Great Promises

Promises are wonderful things! They hold out the potential for something great. When someone makes a promise, the anticipation is set in place until that promise is fulfilled. Think of a child who is promised a trip to the beach or his/her favorite food as a treat. The anticipation is great and the enjoyment of … Continue reading Precious and Very Great Promises

Faith in the Face of Fear

"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteousness right hand." (Isaiah 41:10) Fear is a universal experience. All people face fear of some kind. Fear can show up as worry or anxiety, but it … Continue reading Faith in the Face of Fear

Pain and Purpose in the Valley

"And we know that for those loving God all things work together for good, to those called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) Romans 8:28 may be the most known and best-loved promise in the Bible. Many believers throughout the history of the church have found comfort in this great promise. We all face hard and … Continue reading Pain and Purpose in the Valley

Strength for the Journey

People struggle with contentment. People jump from one job to another trying to find the perfect work, or they jump from one relationship to another, or even from one fad diet to another. People struggle with contentment. God commands us to be content (Hebrews 13:5). Contentment is the best thing for us, but it's hard … Continue reading Strength for the Journey

Finding True Happiness and Love

There are two things I believe about basics human desire. I believe that all people want to be happy. And I believe that all people want to be loved. In fact, I think it's safe to say that everything we do in life is consciously or unconsciously designed to find happiness and love. Sadly though, … Continue reading Finding True Happiness and Love

Discover A Fulfilling & Fruitful Prayer Life

I Believe that every follower of Jesus must devote themselves to three primary spiritual practices or habits. I say primary because there are other spiritual practices that flow from theses three, which I call secondary. The three primary spiritual practices are: the Word of God (the Bible), prayer and living by the Holy Spirit. These … Continue reading Discover A Fulfilling & Fruitful Prayer Life

Trembling at God’s Word

The busyness of life and the demands of the urgent can so take control of our hours and minutes that we seldom find the time to contemplate  the more significant questions of life and meaning. The pressure of commitments and their expectations crowd us all into a thin corner of superficiality if we're not careful. … Continue reading Trembling at God’s Word

Blessed Is the One Who Reads: Eight Reasons to Read the Bible

The biginning of a new year is the time many people start a Bible reading plan. They set out on this journey with great excitement and great expectations. They gather their read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year list, their favorite Bible, find that special place and start out on their journey. But something happens in late January or early February. … Continue reading Blessed Is the One Who Reads: Eight Reasons to Read the Bible

The Story of Scripture: A Basic Overview of the Bible (Part Three)

This is the third in a series of posts entitled, The Story of Scripture: A Basic Overview of the Bible. My purpose in this series is to help us get a richer understanding of the overarching story line of the Bible. I am convinced, after many years of biblical study, that the Bible is structured around … Continue reading The Story of Scripture: A Basic Overview of the Bible (Part Three)