Jesus Doesn’t Live in Your Past

Do you ever feel like you need to “pay God back?” “‘I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.’  Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.” -Hebrews 10:17-18 “Jesus paid it all” is the title and refrain of an old hymn, and Hebrews 10 makes […]

Why Some Christmas Songs Make You Cry

Do you ever get extra emotional when you hear certain songs? A friend of mine commented the other day, “I don’t know why, but Christmas songs always bring tears to my eyes, but they’re happy songs!  Why is that?” Have you noticed this yourself?  Maybe there’s a particular carol or Christmas pop song that just […]

Discerning Good and Evil

Why is it sometimes hard to know the “right” choice? “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” -Hebrews 5:14 Life can sure get complicated, can’t it?  Sometimes it’s just hard to know which way to go. In the […]

Remember the Past, and Have Hope for the Future

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. “On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 America’s naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan. The attack sank four U.S. Navy battleships and damaged four more. It also damaged or sank three cruisers, three destroyers, one minelayer and damaged 188 aircraft. More […]

God Will Vindicate Your Suffering

Do you ever wonder if your pain has a purpose? “Your name, O LORD, endures forever, your renown, O LORD, throughout all ages. For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants.”  -Psalm 135:13-14 Jesus Christ was ridiculously mistreated. He was mocked and murdered, abandoned and abused.  Because He spoke the […]

How to Stay Constantly Close to God

Do you ever wish you were “closer to God?” “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort [encourage, remind] one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by […]

Let God Set You Free From Overwork

Do you ever worry that you’re not getting enough done? “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.  It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious […]

Self-Control Sets You Free

 Do you struggle with self-control sometimes? “Older men are to be…self-controlled.  Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior…and so train the young women…to be self-controlled.  Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled…For the grace of God has appeared, training us to live self-controlled…lives.” -Titus 2:2-6, 11-12 (selections) I find it interesting that […]

You Can Have Peace Even When You Disagree

Do you ever get frustrated when people disagree with you? “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” -2 Timothy 2:23 Whether football teams or fall elections, Bible translations or Macs vs. PCs, there is no shortage of things that people can get fired up and passionate about. Yet, […]

You Will Never Be Forsaken

Do you ever fear God might abandon you? “I will keep Your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!” -Psalm 119:8 I used to worry that God might leave me if I didn’t do what I was supposed to, but today there’s not a place in my heart that is afraid of that at all.  I […]