Have you noticed this?

It’s so easy, especially this month, as our world so lavishly, every-where-you-turn, celebrates sin to think, “I’m in the world but not of it” (John 17:15). But it’s so easy, for the evil ways of this world to get into us and for our sins to become acceptable and unnoticed. By us! Let’s not forget,Continue reading “Have you noticed this?”

I almost sent that text…

I almost sent that text.But I deleted it instead. The words I had rehearsed in my mind, didn’t roll off my tongue.I kept my mouth shut. God knows what I had in mind. He knows the old me who could compose a quick, insulting comeback and be proud of the wounding I would inflict. ButContinue reading “I almost sent that text…”

Pause, just a moment, and ask God this…

You know, when we go our own way, and choose to sin, we are demonstrating a distrust in God our children will notice and often emulate. It can be generational. As I open to Genesis 26, Isaac and Rebekah have the twins and there is a famine in the land. Isaac lies to King AbimelechContinue reading “Pause, just a moment, and ask God this…”

The way to joy and freedom often starts here.

It seems to be out of style. I don’t hear it spoken of often, not even in many pulpits. It is the job of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) and is likely happening in the believers life every day, though I wonder if most notice it. It’s the voice of the Holy Spirit convicting usContinue reading “The way to joy and freedom often starts here.”

Your past sins don’t have to define you

Don’t you like coming to the end of a good story, all the loose ends tied up, the good guy wins, there might be a kiss, the music plays, ahhhh… And that’s what we expect with Noah. Except, remember, this isn’t a story but a real-life account— Noah obeys God and builds the Ark toContinue reading “Your past sins don’t have to define you”

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!”

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 know if you’ve been saved or not.

God is not a god of confusion. I believe He wants to make Himself clear to us. He does not want any of us to be confused as to whether or not we have been saved. God used His servant John to help us know the difference. Let’s read his words: “Everyone who makes aContinue reading “You can know if you’ve been saved or not.”

How can you know if you really know Jesus?

The Apostle John told us we can know if we truly know Jesus. He says, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps HisContinue reading “How can you know if you really know Jesus?”

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.”

Be motivated by THIS!

BUT… “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 8-9) If we confess our sins, He cleanses us from every ugly thing!Continue reading “Be motivated by THIS!”

I’m having trouble moving past this…

I wrote this a year ago. Still, I just can’t seem to move past this passage without feeling it all over again… The rich young ruler walked away, sorrowful, but unwilling to part with his great possessions to follow Jesus.(Luke 18) I’ve wondered again and again if I’m holding anything too tightly or counting onContinue reading “I’m having trouble moving past this…”

Do You know a Christian Atheist?

It would be easier to never mention this, but it seems there are lots of Christian Atheists these days. Perhaps, you know one? Perhaps, you are one? You may be a Christian Atheist if you say you are a Christian, but you, in fact, live as if you don’t believe God is real (the GodContinue reading “Do You know a Christian Atheist?”

Don’t go your own way!

There’s about to be a plot twist. As we pick up Ruth, chapter three, Ruth has crept in and is laying by Boaz’s feet as he sleeps. He is startled around midnight, and, in the dark, awakens and says “Who are you?” (Ruth 3:9) Can you imagine the lump Ruth must have had in herContinue reading “Don’t go your own way!”

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!”

Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….

It has happened again. God seems to be repeating Himself with me a lot lately. I’m not the sharpest nail in the box, but when He says things twice, I tend to pay attention! My daughter, Abi, was recounting a dream she had about John 8 and the woman caught in adultery. She talked aboutContinue reading “Jesus was quick to love those caught up in sin. But….”