Right Thinking

By |May 1st, 2016|

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” – Phil 4:8 (NIV)
In verse 8, Paul discusses the issue of right thinking. So many thoughts flood our minds. It’s up to us to control them. We can decide what we put into our minds – what we allow ourselves to dwell on or to meditate on. We all meditate on something. Is it other people? Is it something going on at work or with our kids or parents? Is it something we wish we’d done or not done? Was it even the game last […]

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Who Do You Seek When Grieving?

By |April 27th, 2016|

How do you react when you are grieving? Where do you turn for help? We all experience grief – but we don’t all react to it the same way. Some withdraw. Some seek help from friends. Some seek help from books. Some drown their sorrows and pain in alcohol or by taking drugs. Some lash out or try to find relief or mask over their pain in their own wrong way. They just want the pain to stop or the situation to change. Yet, when we are hurting and grieving, God tells us to seek Him.

“And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons […]

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Eyes on Him

By |June 24th, 2014|

Have you had a time in your life, when you didn’t know what to do? You didn’t know the direction you were to take? You see a huge challenge in front of you – no, it’s even more than a challenge. You see a situation or battle or circumstance that seems unbeatable or even hopeless for you – and you just don’t know what you are to do?

“O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” – 2 Chron 20:12 (ESV)

Here we see Jehoshaphat, the godly fourth king of Judah after the […]

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Easter – He is Risen!

By |April 20th, 2014|

He is Risen! Most of you have heard these words – this phrase, right? We hear it on Easter. It’s the whole reason for Easter! (Believe it or not – not eggs or bunnies) In this day and time, however, there may be some people, maybe even you, who don’t know what the phrase means. If you do, you’ve probably even spoken them. Yet, are they just words to you? Or, do they really mean something to you?

“But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly […]

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Hearts Melting

By |March 22nd, 2014|

Have you ever done something that you thought God wanted you to do, only to have it turn into a disaster? Did you question where God was? Did it scare you? Did you seek him for answers?

“and the men of Ai killed about thirty six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.” – Josh 7:5 (ESV)

The Israelites were in shock and despair. Now they were scared – the hearts of the people melted and became as water. What just happened? Where was God? They weren’t supposed to lose a battle! They had God, Almighty God, who […]

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Hidden Meaning

By |January 22nd, 2014|

Have you ever struggled with understanding what God is trying to say to you in a specific circumstance or even when you are reading the Bible? It just isn’t making sense to you? Well, even the disciples didn’t always know what Jesus was saying to them – and they were living with him and saw his miracles in person!

“But they understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.”—Luke 18:34

In the verses preceding Luke 18:34, Luke 18:31-33, Jesus couldn’t have been any clearer in describing to his disciples the events that were about to take place in his life and his upcoming death. Furthermore, looking in the book of Luke, we […]

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Dad

By |January 10th, 2014|

Today is my dad’s birthday! Happy birthday dad – I love you more than words can say! Thank you for loving us, providing for us, modeling for us traits such as loyalty and integrity – thank you for being you!

“As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” – Ps 103:13

This verse is so comforting! To know that the God of this universe – the one who created the heavens and earth and everything in it – shows compassion to those who fear him just as my dad shows compassion to me! That really is amazing! Now, I realize that not everyone is blessed to have an earthly father to […]

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Bigger Picture

By |December 21st, 2013|

Have you ever prayed to God for healing, yet healing didn’t come? Do you wonder why? Do you wonder if God hears you or cares? He does. God loving us – and our being God’s child – does NOT mean we will be shielded from difficulties or heartaches in life.

“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’”—John 11:14-15

From John 11:1-6, we learn that Jesus receives word from his friends, Mary and Martha, that their brother Lazarus is ill. Yet rather than going immediately to his friends or even healing him from afar (which is what we would […]

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Flip the Switch?

By |December 12th, 2013|

The mind is a powerful thing. Thoughts. What do you find yourself dwelling on or meditating on the most? Are they uplifting and positive thoughts? Or do you have trouble with negative thinking?

 “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”—Eph 4:23

As Christians, we are to put off or put away our former deceitful way of life (Eph 4:22) and put on our new self – living a righteous life created after the likeness of God (Eph 4:24). We are made new not just at one specific point in our life, but continually. It starts in our heart and mind. We are renewed continually in the spirit or attitude of our minds. We are what we think. Proverbs […]

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Voluntarily Yoked?

By |November 25th, 2013|

Are you continually tired and worn out? Do you need relief? Rest is available – but we must acknowledge that we need help and take the steps necessary at our own initiative to receive it.

[Jesus speaking] “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”—Matt 11:28-29

Jesus is speaking to a crowd (and to us). He offers for all who labor and are heavy laden (or weary and burdened, NIV) to come to him. Jesus doesn’t say if you are or when you might become. It’s a condition […]

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