Nightmares [An Encouraging Word]

It was 4am when my son’s little hand rapped loudly on our bedroom door. The “shave-and-a-haircut, two bits” pattern I taught him echoed through the caverns of my subconscious mind, dragging me up from a deep, clear sleep into the  groggy fog of a much-too-early morning. “Come in” I moaned, loud enough for him to hear through […]

God can use your life to bless generations

As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.  Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.  You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.  (James 5:10-11) In the […]

God lifts up the humble heart

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.  (James 4:10) So much in the Kingdom is counterintuitive.  To live, we must die.  To be free, we must become slaves of Christ.  To be exalted, we must humble ourselves. This seems like exactly the opposite of what we should do, and it can seem […]

A woman’s place (Luke 8:1-3)

Soon afterward [Jesus] was traveling from one town and village to another, preaching and telling the good news of the Kingdom of God.  The Twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary, called Magdalene (seven demons had come out of her); Joanna the wife of […]

God’s character is the sign of God’s wisdom

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.  (James 3:17) Many people claim to be wise.  They have education and degrees, experience and lots of time invested in the field.  They may even have some good ideas. But good ideas […]

What kind of person…really? (Luke 6:45)

A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart.  An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.  (Luke 6:45) “I know he’s done some terrible things, but he’s really just misunderstood.” “Yeah, he cusses and yells and lies sometimes, but he’s really […]

God turns your lack into a heavenly abundance

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which He has promised to those who love Him?  (James 2:5) When you look at what you lack, it’s easy to lose heart.  When you focus on where you fall […]

Who gets what? (Luke 6:19-20a)

The whole crowd was trying to touch Him because power was coming out from Him and healing them all.  Then, looking up at His disciples, He said…  (Luke 6:19-20a) Jesus offers His healing power to all the people.  He uses miracles to draw them in, but look how He doesn’t expect every person healed to actually […]

God has a generous wisdom for you

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  (James 1:5) We live in a complicated world.  So many decisions, so many problems, so many responsibilities come to fill our minds, and it can sometimes be so hard to make sense of […]

Jesus doesn’t change on you

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8) So often in life, we start a journey of relationship with someone, only to see them change in ways we never expected. Other times, we put our faith in people to be faithful to us, only to have them change their minds down the […]