Jesus sets you free from false dilemmas

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 11 JESUS SETS YOU FREE FROM FALSE DILEMMAS “But woe to you Pharisees!  For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God.  These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.”  (Luke 11:22) Sometimes we put ourselves in false […]

God’s love is your security

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 21 GOD’S LOVE IS YOUR SECURITY For the king trusts in the Lord, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. (Psalm 21:7) Think, for a moment, about all of the resources that a king has at his disposal. He has people […]

God is still on His throne

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 11 GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes see, his eyelids test the children of man. (Psalm 11:4) All around us we see chaos in the world. Wars and rumors of wars. Famines, earthquakes […]

Your Father Wants Good Things For You [An Encouraging Word]

An Encouraging Word YOUR FATHER WANTS GOOD THINGS FOR YOU Four minutes in, I discovered the truth: small children are terrible at picking strawberries. It was a couple of years ago, and I was with some friends who have small children, exploring a “U-Pick” strawberry patch on a sunny Sunday afternoon.  The air was cool and […]

Jesus loved you with His life

Scripture Notes on 1 John 3 By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.  (1 John 3:16) Love is not just a feeling, it is a choice to act. It is a demonstrated desire to put someone else’s needs […]

God gives you discipline to bring you peace

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 12  It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. For the moment all discipline […]

God’s love for you endures forever

Scripture Notes on Psalm 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.  (Psalm 136:1) God’s love for you doesn’t depend on your goodness, but on His grace. His love for you doesn’t rest on your performance as a Christian, but on Christ’s performance as a savior. His love […]

God’s love is the source of your holiness

Scripture Notes on 1 Thessalonians 3 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. (1 […]

Affections Unrestricted

 What sorts of “affections” does Jesus call us to? “You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.” -2 Corinthians 6:12-13 The spirit of religion is all about restriction.  “Don’t do this.”  “Avoid them.”  “Stay away from that.”  In […]

The love of Christ will fill you up

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Ephesians 3 THE LOVE OF CHRIST WILL FILL YOU UP  [I pray that you may] know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  (Ephesians 3:19) It’s one thing to have knowledge about someone.  It’s another to truly know them. It’s one […]