You Can Run Back!

They find the tomb empty. Suddenly angels appear and remind the women of the words Jesus had said about his death and resurrection. The women run to tell the eleven, but the disciples didn’t believe them. But Peter. Peter rose and ran to the tomb. (Luke 24) Why Peter? We know from other parts ofContinue reading “You Can Run Back!”

Thoughts for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Do you need some confidence to face this New Year? Then focus on your sin for a moment. Here’s why… If we don’t understand the depths of our sin, we won’t understand the great love of our Savior enough to be able to confidently trust Him with our tomorrows. Let me explain… Luke tells us,Continue reading “Thoughts for a HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

He came for these!

The Shepherds. They were the ones not invited to the party. But they were invited to be eyewitnesses to the greatest moment of all. The ones who had dirty hands, the tattered, smelly shepherds—too unclean to worship at the temple…were specifically chosen to come and see the Lamb who would make them forever clean. ForeverContinue reading “He came for these!”

What would it look like to just let it go and REJOICE?

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice! (Phil 4:4) You know, there is much to celebrate because of Jesus! I absolutely love that CHRISTmas will be here soon, a time when many intently focus on celebrating Him, but we can always rejoice in Him no matter what else is going on! ChristiansContinue reading “What would it look like to just let it go and REJOICE?”

For years, I had told no one.

The evil one is masterful at convincing us we will always be defined by what we have done in the past. The Bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17). But the enemy doesn’t want us toContinue reading “For years, I had told no one.”

Sometimes our hearts condemn us…

Sometimes our hearts condemn us, and our hearts are just flat-out wrong. John tells us in his letter, “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything”. (1 John 3:19-20) GodContinue reading “Sometimes our hearts condemn us…”

You can’t do this and have joy!

You simply cannot be in the light (walking as Christ walked) and hate your brother. “He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, becauseContinue reading “You can’t do this and have joy!”

When the sin is yours-remember this, forget that.

The Apostle John is making it clear that Christians still sin, but he is writing to us so that we would live with a desire not to do so and to urge us to never to be okay with sin as a lifestyle. God always, always, makes a way out! “No temptation has overtaken youContinue reading “When the sin is yours-remember this, forget that.”

Watch for THIS so you can run your race!

It’s one thing to be sick over the sin in our culture, but it’s entirely another, and necessary, to have times when I’m sick over my own sin. When you ask the Lord to show you your sin, He does. And it is always out of His kindness that God shows us and leads usContinue reading “Watch for THIS so you can run your race!”

Two criminals. Which one are you?

Those two criminals.Bleeding.Bruised.Guilty. In the Savior’s final moments, one criminal hung on each side of Him. Those two represent all of us.We are each likeoneor the otherof them. It’s no accident, this true picture. There they were.So close to Jesus.Can you imagine? They both knew who He was.But only one of them would be saved.Continue reading “Two criminals. Which one are you?”

Others are going to hurt us.

Others are going to hurt us this side of Heaven. And, it seems, those closest to us can hurt us the most. As Paul sat in prison, he had been abandoned and betrayed by his friends Phygellus and Hermogenes (2 Tim 1:15). Paul felt this hurt. It’s significant to me that Paul did not complainContinue reading “Others are going to hurt us.”

Thank God! I’m not the sum of what I’ve done.

You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth. Psalm 31:5 Disappointed and sad could only begin to describe the way I felt after learning one of my kids had made a really, stupid, sinful decision many years ago. Something happened that I wish had never happened, yet God was at work. He brought conviction,Continue reading “Thank God! I’m not the sum of what I’ve done.”

a dark day

Today marks another anniversary of an awful decision. The decision our country made to legalize abortion and usher in waves of pain to those who live with its‘ memory. And abortion is always painful. I couldn’t stop the choking tears when I watched “The Unplanned” movie portray the ultrasound images of the tiny baby pushingContinue reading “a dark day”