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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Help from God

By |October 25th, 2015|

Are you down trodden? Are you in trouble? Is a person out to hurt you or a situation seemingly hopeless? Have you sought help, but just cannot seem to fight it? Don’t lose hope. Others may have let you down or are unable to help you, but you can trust in God. Don’t put your trust in yourself or others – put your trust in God.

“Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.” – Ps 108:12-13 (ESV)

This is the exact same verse as Ps 60:11-12. Word for word. Any time we see a word, much less a verse or verses, repeated […]

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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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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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Raining Manna

By |February 23rd, 2014|

When we are struggling-for whatever reason-in our current situation, isn’t it amazing how we can look back on times in our past and remember them in a much better light than they actually were? Or maybe we don’t make it seem better than it was–but we only remember the good and not the bad when we are comparing it to our now difficult circumstance.

“When the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell with it.” – Nu 11:9 (ESV)

Earlier in this chapter (Nu 11:4-6), the Israelites were complaining about what they were eating. They were sick and tired of eating the same thing–manna. They were upset and reminiscing about not having the delicious variety of foods they used […]

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To Lead or Be Led

By |February 10th, 2014|

Have you ever wished you knew exactly what God wanted you to do in life, or at least today? It would be awesome if God appeared before us in some way so we could confidently follow him wherever he went – knowing he was guiding and protecting us along the way.
“Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the people of Israel would set out. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out till the day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in it by night, in the sight of all the house […]

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This is a Test

By |January 31st, 2014|

Do you remember how you felt when you walked into class and the teacher told everyone to put away your books and to take out a clean piece of paper? Oh no! Not a test!? …Don’t you just hate that feeling? You didn’t realize you were about to be tested? Well–in the verses we are looking at today, we find out God is testing us–whether we know it or not!

“you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear […]

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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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How Reassuring! Fear Not

By |January 1st, 2014|

Happy New Year! It is a new year. Are you happy? It’s time to reflect on the past and look towards the future. How does that make you feel? Are you excited? Or, are you tired and looking for relief? Do you feel dread or do you fear the challenges/unknowns in front of you?

“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 righteous right hand.”—Is 41:10

What does the New Year mean to me? Well, to be honest …the first thing that comes to my mind is usually football. What can I say? I love the bowl season! Watching sports has […]

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