ODDS AND ENDS

Read 1 Chronicles, chapters 14 - 16 Then Asa called on the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. (14:11) “For...

TWO FATHERS

I've been reflecting about my two fathers -- my human father and my heavenly Father. There are parallels between them, but some important differences. As a young child, I knew my dad was bigger, stronger and smarter than I was. By the time I was a teenager, Dad had...

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. (Isa. 26:3) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! (i John 3:1)   In the natural way of things, the closest we...

NEEDING WEEDING

Over the summer I've been liberating parts of my garden that had lost serious ground to overgrowth and various invaders. The takeover was gradual; the result of keeping gardens on two properties with only one me. With the second property gone, I decided it was time...

RESPONSE TIMES

So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. yet when...

MORNING GLORY

Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits -- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who...

NO FEAR

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18) "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. i will strengthen you and help...

MY PERSONAL PRAYER

My Personal Prayer My Father, who is in heaven,  I am in utter awe of Your holiness. May Your kingdom come, Your will be done in my heart and in my life. Please give me what I need for today and deliver me from the trap of wanting more -- except for more of You....

PRESSURE POINTS

We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from...

DESTINATION: CONSECRATION

There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon . . . there had been nothing like this . . . The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them . . . (2 Chron. 30:26-27)   To understand why there was such rejoicing going on...