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!”

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!”

Peace. What’s it really?

Jesus is our peace. It’s sounds like such a calm, relaxing, silent night, kind of word. But to better understand we need to think of peace as in terms of war …war and peace. The Bible says, we were God’s enemies. (Rom 5:10) Not just lost or confused or mistaken. We were hostile to God.Continue reading “Peace. What’s it really?”

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!”

Has THIS ever happened to you? And some math

One Sunday morning, my son texted me a verse to pray for him over the next while. Later that morning, I flipped my verse calendar to Sunday’s verse. It’s was the exact same verse!It was the SAME VERSE! I immediately asked my son if he had seen my verse calendar before asking me to prayContinue reading “Has THIS ever happened to you? And some math”

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…”

Our world is in need of HEROES of the FAITH!

Paul says,”hold such men in esteem” (Phil 2:29) Hold such men in esteem. What kind of men? Well, men and women like Epaphroditus. Epaphroditus didn’t only have a strange name, he was a rare one. He’s only mentioned once in the Bible (Phil 2:25). But this much is clear from the text, Epaphroditus was rare,Continue reading “Our world is in need of HEROES of the FAITH!”

But there is a WAR out there!

I’d like to sit here under my fall blanket, watching the flame from my cider-flavored candle burn, and forget about the crazy world out there. But I can’t. And I wonder if we understand what we are seeing— parents rights being threatened, gender roles being muddied, and “experts” and politicians promoting ridiculous things, are butContinue reading “But there is a WAR out there!”

Remember this today

I am convinced it’s not the dramatic stories, trials and testimonies where our Lord most often chooses to show Himself through us but in the common, every day living. So often, we miss holy opportunities waiting for the big event, the mission trip, or the planned church program. But so often holy moments, with eternalContinue reading “Remember this today”

In this day, may we remember

In this day, may we remember… Nothing can stand against the power of our God.The battle belongs to Him. May we be His vessels carrying truth and light to the glory of the King. Our labor is NOT in vain.Victory belongs to our Lord.Joy resides with Him. Peace comes for those who trust in Him.AllContinue reading “In this day, may we remember”

When The Battle Feels Hard

My daughter, Abi, wrote this a few years back. This truth is a powerful, keep-you-going reminder— I felt alone. Sad, disheartened, fighting back tears-very much like an alien and stranger though surrounded by others my age as I sat in my Contemporary Moral Issues Philosophy class, at the University of Tennessee, listening to my classmatesContinue reading “When The Battle Feels Hard”

Be Refreshed in this—

I’ve watched him In the mornings for nearly twenty-five years. He opens his Bible. He bows his head and closes his eyes. I know my husband is praying for the Lord to speak to him. And this morning, as I read Psalms 1, the wisdom of this is not lost on me— “Blessed is theContinue reading “Be Refreshed in this—”

I see them. Do you?

You only have to spend a few minutes on Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok to see how badly, how desperately so many want to be seen. The praise of others is alluring, addicting and controlling. Experts are warning our mental health is being detrimentally affected. But there are others, I see them, and I especiallyContinue reading “I see them. Do you?”

Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.

I’m sure you know them. I know them too. The few, the brave, the persecuted for the faith. Just yesterday, I talked with three friends working in three different Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country. They are under attack by those who do not want the truth told about abortion or the hope of lifeContinue reading “Telling the Truth is a Revolutionary Act. Keep telling it.”

My heart is full and sad at the same time…

My heart is full and my heart is sad all at the same time. How this seems to be life of late. Just this week, I have rejoiced, truly happy-tears REJOICED, over the blessing of the marriage of two young people I absolutely adore. I’ve held in awe the newborn baby of two more I’veContinue reading “My heart is full and sad at the same time…”

And they need Jesus…

This world does not look as it did only a few years ago ago. What is wrong has become much more acceptable and even celebrated. But you know, every person we encounter, those who believe differently than us, those who so flagrantly and increasingly fight for things we know are biblically wrong, still, were madeContinue reading “And they need Jesus…”

It’s exhausting, but keep going!

Paul described parenting his spiritual children as “again being in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19) What a description of Christ-centered parenting and discipleship. It is wrestling, anguish, and frustration. It is asking the Lord to help you know when to speak and when to be quiet. It’s fightingContinue reading “It’s exhausting, but keep going!”

The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.

Even when Jesus walked the earth, there were those who pretended to be righteous. They wanted to deliver Him to the power and authority of the governor. They wanted to catch Him in something so the government could contain, control, and ultimately condemn Him. But He perceived their craftiness (Luke 20:23). And so should we!Continue reading “The world is hard. The Bible is God-breathed to help us.”

A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…

Entering Jerusalem, the Savior wept. Not for the Cross He would face, but for the people. I wonder if tears filled His eyes as He heard the laughter of children playing, laughter that soon would be silenced as Jerusalem would be laid siege. The people who had rejected Him would face judgment. Judgment would comeContinue reading “A Strange Peace. Keep loving them…”