God is delighted when you delight in Him

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.  Let the godly exult in glory, let them sing for joy on their beds.  (Psalm 149:4-5) God doesn’t get the most glory out of the submission of slaves, but from the celebration of sons and daughters.  His greatest desire isn’t that people […]

All of creation brings praise to the Lord

Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling His word. Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars!  Beasts and all livestock, creeping things and flying birds!  Kings of the earth and all people, princes and all rulers of the earth! […]

Walking in truth leads to multiplied joy

For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.  (3 John 1:3-4) Sometimes it’s easy to start thinking that our walk with God is just between us and […]

Jesus is your eternal reward

For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.  And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.  (1 John 2:16-17) The world promises great […]

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights (Or, “How I Found Perspective Because My Son Really Had to Pee”) My son really had to pee. We’d been driving for an hour through a display of brilliant Christmas lights in a neighborhood miles from our home. The Christmas music was turned up, the windows were rolled down, the atmosphere was festive… […]

God created good things for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Timothy 4 GOD CREATED GOOD THINGS FOR YOU For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving…  (1 Timothy 4:4) Some see God as a cranky old man who likes to spoil their fun, but this is not the […]

God’s Kingdom is your community

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 14 GOD’S KINGDOM IS YOUR COMMUNITY For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual […]

Your life is all about Jesus

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 11 YOUR LIFE IS ALL ABOUT JESUS For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen.  (Romans 11:36) Over and over in the Bible, we see that salvation and grace come from God.  They are gifts that He offers out of […]

Jesus is bringing you everlasting joy

God’s Hope for Your Heart John 16 JESUS IS BRINGING YOU EVERLASTING JOY “When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.  So also you have […]

God wants to turn your weeping into worship

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 30 GOD WANTS TO TURN YOUR WEEPING INTO WORSHIP You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,  that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.  O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you […]