God will keep His people from true harm

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Then from the smoke came locusts on the earth, and they were given power like the power of scorpions of the earth.  They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any green plant or any tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  (Revelation 9:3-4) As […]

God allows pain because you are precious to Him

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him and he with me.  (Revelation 3:19-20) Christian, do you ever wonder why God allows hard things […]

Thoughts in the wake of a tragedy

They say it is the worst mass killing on U.S. soil, and it happened today. Fifty people dead, and 53 more wounded, they say. All across social media, people have one resounding question: WHY? May I suggest a simple reason?

Jesus shares His glory with the faithful

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed.  (1 Peter 4:12-13) Trials are tests of our faithfulness. […]

God’s blessing goes beyond your suffering

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled… (1 Peter 3:14) The reality of suffering is one that many people don’t like to deal with.  Even many Christians, uncomfortable trying to reconcile God’s love with His allowance of pain, gloss over the harsh […]

Jesus will surely hold you up

[Jesus] is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.  (Hebrews 1:3a) From starfish to stars, goldfish to galaxies, Jesus holds the universe together.  He is both Creator and sustainer of all things, and nothing slips by His […]

Jesus is your sovereign peace

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Colossians 3 JESUS IS YOUR SOVEREIGN PEACE And let the peace of Christ rule in your heart, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.  (Colossians 3:15) You never saw it coming. It’s that phone call you never thought you’d receive, that news you never imagined […]

God’s peace is greater than your problems

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philippians 4 GOD’S PEACE IS GREATER THAN YOUR PROBLEMS The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts […]

In Christ, your pain has a purpose

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Galatians 4 IN CHRIST, YOUR PAIN HAS A PURPOSE You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first, and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel […]

Jesus is worth it

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 2 Corinthians 11 JESUS IS WORTH IT Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.  Three times I was beaten with rods.  Once I was stoned.  Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent […]