God abounds with love for you

Scripture Notes on Psalm 86 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.  (Psalm 86:4-5) Some people see God as a task master, harsh and stern and waiting […]

God’s heart is for the helpless

Scripture Notes on Psalm 82 How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?  Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. (Psalm 82:2-3) All throughout Scripture, God has harsh words and strong judgments for those in authority who use their power to […]

Your Father wants you to come home

Scripture Notes on Psalm 78 Their heart was not steadfast toward Him; they were not faithful to His covenant. Yet He, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; He restrained His anger often and did not stir up all His wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that […]

God still loves you when you sin

Scripture Notes on Psalm 89 If his children forsake my law and do not walk according to my rules, if they violate my statutes and do not keep my commandments, then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes, but I will not remove from him my steadfast love or […]

Your actions declare what you are

Scripture Notes on John 5 “If I testify about Myself, My testimony is not valid… But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me.”  (John 5:31, 36) For Jesus to prove He […]

Sometimes God’s Love Has to Take You Apart

“Why won’t this stupid thing work???” I had been so blessed when my friends gave me their old Playstation 3 video game console, even though the disc drive didn’t work.  I’d heard that replacement parts were available online for cheap, and I’ve been known to do a bit of fix-up work on electronics before. Maybe […]

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 […]

How To Move Forward With Confidence

Do you ever wish you had more confidence to do what God’s called you to do? “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love […]

Hope Will Help You Hang On

Do you ever find it hard to just “hang in there?” We heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.” -Colossians 1:4-5 Sometimes it’s hard to have faith when the world around us is so disappointing. […]

How to Keep Relationships Alive in Spite of Controversy

Have you ever damaged a relationship because of disagreement?  Consider this… Compassion is an antidote to controversy.  It empowers you to hold different perspectives from another person and still have peace between you.  Here’s why. True compassion goes hand-in-hand with humility.  It does not arrogantly look down on people as fools if they see things […]