Jesus was forsaken so you could be accepted

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 22 JESUS WAS FORSAKEN SO YOU COULD BE ACCEPTED “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  (Psalm 22:1a) For centuries, these opening words of Psalm 22 were spoken or sung by the people of Israel in times of suffering.  This Psalm was used as a prayer of […]

Jesus gives you strength as you obey

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 6 JESUS GIVES YOU STRENGTH AS YOU OBEY “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I tell you?”  (Luke 6:46) At the core of the Christian faith is not a list of rules or “do’s and don’ts,” but a relationship.  It is absolutely crucial, […]

God gives law because He loves you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 19 GOD GIVES LAW BECAUSE HE LOVES YOU The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord […]

God works miracles through ordinary things

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 2 GOD WORKS MIRACLES THROUGH ORDINARY THINGS In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered…And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, […]

All God asks for is obedience

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Luke 1 ALL GOD ASKS FOR IS OBEDIENCE Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the things that have been accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word have delivered them to us, it seemed good to me also, […]

Jesus will take care of the results

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Mark 11 JESUS WILL TAKE CARE OF THE RESULTS Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you […]

God will fulfill His purpose for you

Scripture Notes on Psalm 138 The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.  (Psalm 138:8) Your life matters to God. He created you with dignity and purpose, with honor and glory because He made you in His image. You were […]

Jesus gives provision through the Church

Scripture Notes on Mark 10 “Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and […]

Listen to Jesus

Scripture Notes on Mark 9 “And a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is my beloved Son; listen to him.’” -Mark 9:7 There is a difference between hearing Jesus and listening to Him. There is a difference between seeing Jesus and experiencing His fullness. The disciples had seen Jesus […]

Faith Like a Fountain

The fountain doesn’t care about my schedule. I’m sitting on a bench, barefoot in the sun as I bask in the feeling of the warm rays on my skin and the cool grass between my toes. In front of me is the tall stone fountain that caught my eye the first time I came to […]