The Paper Clip [An Encouraging Word]

I confess, I probably love paper clips a little too much. I am that guy who will throw away a whole stack of papers but remove the paper clips first so I can reuse them. I carry two of them on my keychain and others in my car. I’ve used them for clipping papers, of […]

God has chosen you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Thessalonians 1 GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.  (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a) Have you ever been not […]

Jesus chose you anyway

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Philippians 3 JESUS CHOSE YOU ANYWAY Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own.  (Philippians 3:12) You’re not always an all-star Christian, are you?  You sometimes stumble and fall short of […]

You are a precious possession of God

God’s Hope for Your Heart from 1 Corinthians 7 YOU ARE A PRECIOUS POSSESSION OF GOD You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.  (1 Corinthians 7:23) Commerce buys and sells things of value.  Slavery values things differently.  The more someone pays for something, the more valuable it is to them, but those […]

In Christ, you are never second-class

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Romans 10 IN CHRIST, YOU ARE NEVER SECOND-CLASS For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him.  (Romans 10:12) There are no second-class citizens in the Kingdom of God. Yes, there are differing […]

You are uncommonly valuable in Christ

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Acts 11 YOU ARE UNCOMMONLY VALUABLE IN CHRIST But the voice answered a second time from heaven, “What God has made clean, do not call common.”  (Acts 11:9) Ranking systems are everywhere.  From school grades to sports standings, restaurant reviews to religious orders, the human heart has a deep-seated habit […]

God has made you glorious

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 8 GOD HAS MADE YOU GLORIOUS When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?  Yet you have made […]

God has chosen you

Scripture Notes on 1 Thessalonians 1 For we know, brothers loved by God, that He has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5a) Have you ever been not chosen for something? Perhaps a job or […]

Jesus’ Profile Pic?

“Why didn’t any of the gospels describe what Jesus looked like?” Ever get one of those strange questions that just makes you stop and say “hmm”? I was sitting at a cafe doing some devotional reading when I got this text message from a good friend of mine; “Very important theological question for you… Why […]