You need to be salty!

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you might answer each one. (Col 4:5-6) When Paul penned this letter, Christians living in a Roman controlled world were thought to be many things. Many thought them toContinue reading “You need to be salty!”

Will you notice the eternal in this day?

Though he was in chains, Paul asked that others would pray for open doors to preach the gospel clearly. “Praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest as IContinue reading “Will you notice the eternal in this day?”

Pop Tarts and the Bible

I have been getting up early and getting in the Word for years. I do it because it helps me. I started sharing what I found as I read because I thought it might help others too. I so appreciate those of you who study with me. And I certainly don’t read to check offContinue reading “Pop Tarts and the Bible”

Are you grieving the better days of this country?

This morning, I’m thinking back to words my sister-in-law said to me as we prepared for a baby shower. They are increasingly true. Before all the guests arrived, Shauna, who is a prayer warrior and dear friend to me, talked about all that is going on in our world. She said something that struck meContinue reading “Are you grieving the better days of this country?”

Because marriage is so good and so hard—

I’ve been posting about marriage the past couple of days. Wives submitting. Husbands loving. There’s been some emotion, and some strong opinions, to say the least. Because marriage is so GOOD and also so HARD, I’m sharing what God laid on my heart a while back— There absolutely will be the days your eyes meetContinue reading “Because marriage is so good and so hard—”

So, how well is your husband measuring up?

Husbands love your wives and do not be bitter towards them. (Col 3:19) And the Greek word Paul used for LOVE here is a really big deal— “Agapao does not denote affection or romantic attachment; it rather denotes caring love, a deliberate attitude of mind that concerns itself with the well-being of the one loved.”Continue reading “So, how well is your husband measuring up?”

How dying people LIVE!

The only remedy for sinful passions is found in the believers’ experience of union with Christ.” (Vaughan) Because we were raised with Christ, we find freedom when seek to live as He did. As we seek those things which are above (Col 3:2) we experience peace, hope and joy. Before Jesus, I was dead inContinue reading “How dying people LIVE!”

Beware of false teachers who combine worldly philosophies with the gospel.

Beware. Paul said, “Beware”. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Col 2:8) The false teachers of Paul’s day were combining worldly philosophies with the gospel and people were being deceived. This deceitContinue reading “Beware of false teachers who combine worldly philosophies with the gospel.”

Every person you meet today is an immortal being

Paul sat in a Roman prison suffering. Yet, he rejoiced (Col 1:24) because he knew the HOPE of glory (Col 1:27)—Christ in us!! Paul was not only able to rejoice as he focused on Christ in that prison but the work of Christ grew in Paul as he focused on others. Others. Oh, I suspectContinue reading “Every person you meet today is an immortal being”

We aren’t those who shrink back!

The words of Hebrews 10:39 kept coming to me-“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” We, who have faith, are not of those who shrink back. We are not of those who draw back. We are those who believe.And keepContinue reading “We aren’t those who shrink back!”

For Those in the Battle

But each of them will tell you their strength is not their own.  Human love would have walked away long ago. Jesus is the source of their strength and their love.  Daily they run to and place their hope in the One True King who will right all the wrongs, heal all the wounds andContinue reading “For Those in the Battle”

If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…

Strong godly character that brings blessing to both the individual, and the community at large, comes from applying God’s Word to our lives in a way that behavior is impacted. And here’s something to note – in a world where feelings are emphasized over truth, godly characteristics come from the discipline of applying biblical truthContinue reading “If you want your kids to have REAL HOPE, do this…”

It’s no small thing who God chose to use in His Supernatural Rescue Proclamation!

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 “It’s no small thing who God chose to use in His Supernatural Rescue Proclamation!”

God With Us. But, is He really?

Our hearts were made to long for God to be with us. Perhaps, that’s why even unbelievers find themselves drawn to the wonders of Christmas-time. But this world has a way of telling us all, that God is not with us. The evil one tries to convince us He doesn’t exist or just doesn’t care.Continue reading “God With Us. But, is He really?”

Some people will never forget the bad things you’ve done…but God

If you know the Lord, you’ve got the best friend you could ever have. Some people will never forget the bad things you’ve done. But God forgets. He remembers the sins of His children no more. (Heb 8:12) For years, I knew this without thinking about what that might look like. Lately, through my Dad’sContinue reading “Some people will never forget the bad things you’ve done…but God”

I wonder if it was Christmas when they did what they did…

I think of this story every Christmas. I guess I wonder if it was Christmas-time when they did what they did. I am forever thankful. How I wish I knew their names. I’m sure they are walking the streets of glory now with the Savior, but I wonder if they know how very much theyContinue reading “I wonder if it was Christmas when they did what they did…”

What about you?

The Messiah sat surrounded by the Pharisees and teachers of the law. The crowd surrounded the place and pushed in. I wonder if the buttoned-up religious leaders had to dust off their shoulders as debris surely began to fall from the ceiling as the tiles in the ceiling were removed. Did Jesus chuckle to HimselfContinue reading “What about you?”

Don’t understand? Do you realize Christmas is a time to celebrate just such a thing?

So many, who so powerfully and effectively preach and teach the Word, actually have to live it while walking really hard roads. This seems inherently unfair. Couldn’t they be immune from problems and pain? Why do they get cancer, and rebellious kids, and unfaithful spouses? Why wouldn’t a Mighty God protect those who seek Him,Continue reading “Don’t understand? Do you realize Christmas is a time to celebrate just such a thing?”

She did mention she had only ever lost two bar fights…

She was a drug dealer. So, how could we have possibly imagined what happened? Everyone in her small town knew just how bad she had wrecked her life. She had even lost her kids. Many, probably thought her addictions too strong, and that she was a lost cause. TooFarGone But as she walked about town,Continue reading “She did mention she had only ever lost two bar fights…”

So, who do you NOT want to pray for today?

Paul had just talked of waging the good warfare, and continues in his first letter to exhort Timothy, first of all, to PRAY. (1 Tim 2:1). I thought about how this first letter to Timothy is doctrine that is meant to be applied to our every day lives. We are to always, first of all,Continue reading “So, who do you NOT want to pray for today?”