Bitterness will kill your soul

The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water.  The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died from the water, because it […]

Jesus turns death into deliverance

“You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”  (Revelation 5:9b) Nobody watching Jesus bleed out on the cross had a chipper outlook for the future. To be sure, Jesus had told His disciples He would rise again, but their astonishment when He […]

Thoughts on working through a miscarriage

It was a Tuesday night around 9pm. The doctor strode in to our room at the ER and announced to my wife and me, “I’m sorry, you’ve had a miscarriage.” Heather had already known; she had felt it in her body and her heart. I was holding on to hope, not wanting to believe, but […]

Jesus will welcome you home

God’s Hope For Your Heart from 1 Thessalonians 4 JESUS WILL WELCOME YOU HOME For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who […]

Eternal perspective can set you free right now

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 39 ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE CAN SET YOU FREE RIGHT NOW I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. My heart became hot within me.  As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: “O LORD, make me know […]

Because Jesus lives, you will, too

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 14 BECAUSE JESUS LIVES, YOU WILL, TOO “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me.  Because I live, you also will live.”  (John 14:19) The world can look so dark sometimes, so broken, and it’s easy to lose sight of Jesus […]

Bitterness will kill your soul

Scripture Notes on Revelation 8 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters became wormwood, and many people died […]

Jesus turns death into deliverance

Scripture Notes on Revelation 5 “You were slain, and by Your blood You ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Revelation 5:9b) Nobody watching Jesus bleed out on the cross had a chipper outlook for the future. To be sure, Jesus had told His disciples that He would rise again, […]

Jesus will welcome you home

Scripture Notes on 1 Thessalonians 4 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together […]

Sitting Shiva

I’ve never seen this grill before. I’m sitting on the worn striped seat cushion of an old metal chair.  Along with its three blue wire-frame counterparts and matching table, this chair has kept watch over my grandparents’ patio for years.  In front of me sits a new shiny new grill with a dozen settings and […]