God is your passionate protector

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 7 GOD IS YOUR PASSIONATE PROTECTOR My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. God is a righteous judge, and a God who feels indignation every day. (Psalm 7:10-11) What makes God angry?  What makes Him indignant? Is it when you sin and come up short of […]

Jesus is worth the sacrifice

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 21 JESUS IS WORTH THE SACRIFICE They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and He sat on them.  Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road…  (Matthew 21:7-8a) Most people in Jesus’ day didn’t have a lot of extra clothes. […]

Jesus is generous

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 20 JESUS IS GENEROUS “…I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you.  Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me?  Or do you begrudge my generosity?”  So the last will be first, and the first last.” (Matthew […]

You Can Count on God to Come Through

An Encouraging Word YOU CAN COUNT ON GOD TO COME THROUGH I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6) A soft glow is beginning to appear on the horizon. It’s […]

Jesus wants to free you from your idols

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 19 JESUS WANTS TO FREE YOU FROM YOUR IDOLS A man came up to [Jesus], saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ … “All these [commandments] I have kept. What do I still lack?” Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, […]

Jesus Loves You When You’re Weak

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 18 JESUS LOVES YOU WHEN YOU’RE WEAK At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”  And calling to Him a child, He put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you […]

“Are You Sure” – Aretha Franklin [Music Monday]

Who knew prayer could be so soulful? Quite a while ago some friends made me a mix CD with some songs they thought I’d like. I put it in the other day and found myself filled with both gratefulness and groove as Aretha Franklin’s “Are You Sure” reminded me of this…  Sometimes when I think God’s […]

God is well pleased with you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 17 GOD IS WELL PLEASED WITH YOU [Jesus] was still speaking when, behold, a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to Him.”  (Matthew 17:5) Do you look at your life and see things that don’t measure up […]

Jesus makes you qualified for favor

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 5 JESUS MAKES YOU QUALIFIED FOR FAVOR For You, Lord, bless the righteous one.  You surround him with favor like a shield.  (Psalm 5:12) God’s Word says He delights in showing favor to those who are righteous, and He is always true to His Word.  Yet, both the Bible and life […]

Jesus heals for the glory of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 15 JESUS HEALS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at His feet, and He healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the […]