Sometimes it just hits you. I've been struggling lately, not really being able to put my finger on anything in particular as to the reason why. Sure, there are lots of things, but nothing in particular except the sense that I am not worshiping Jesus like I should. Then my bible readings have come together … Continue reading A Name Above Every Name
It must have been awhile since I've read Ephesians because I am really touched by it. In the last two or three years, we have used a chronological bible plan. There are many reasons I like it, but it does have a drawback. Most of the New Testament letters are covered in a single day. … Continue reading Ephesians 2
I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe that I am saved. Our church bible plan has us starting Judges and Ephesians today. What a contrast between the two! Frankly, if I didn't have such a radical change in my demeanor and if the Word of God was not so plain, I could … Continue reading Ephesians
It finally happened, and I hope it's enough. When I was a small boy, my grandfather told me something that I never forgot. You see, he was a farmer and a student of the weather. He said to pay attention to the first sign of robins because we will then have one more snow. This … Continue reading Knowing The Seasons
We just completed Hebrews in our home church bible-reading plan. What a blessing this book has been to me, especially now that we are celebrating our Lord's resurrection. Indeed, He is worthy of our praise! This book, as with any in the bible, serves to encourage us in what the writer calls, "the race that … Continue reading The Race That Is Set Before Us.
A friend of mine writes a blog called "Faith in the Struggle" that focuses on recovery. In today's post, he wrote of motivating ourselves by asking simple questions. For example, "Is this what I want my life to look like?" I like that type of reflection. It serves as a basis for charting a new … Continue reading Start The Day Off Right
I wrote the other day about faith being like a two-sided coin. Today's topic is similar. It's on John 15:9, "As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide in my love." Maybe it's because I had a father who was not a nice man, or maybe it's simply because I'm a … Continue reading Jesus Loves Me
Confession time. I have been pretty frustrated lately with my indwelling sin. It doesn't seem to be getting any better with regard to noticeable change in self-control. In other words, it doesn't seem as if I have lost any weight. I've come to the biblical conclusion that for me dieting and exercise regimens are a … Continue reading Patiently Waiting?
Two devotional items came together for me this morning. Whenever that happens, it's time to pay attention. The first was Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening through Truthforlife.org. It's about being grateful for trials. Here's the opening paragraph to give you a taste: If none of God’s saints were poor and tried, we should not know … Continue reading Grateful for Trials
It snowed here yesterday. Several inches. Right after an out-door-all-day-long-kinda-day on Saturday. That's OK. It was a beautiful snow and won't last long. Spring is in the air! You can tell by the positioning of the sun. The sun rises earlier and sets later. Pay attention and you'll see the sun rising (and setting) farther … Continue reading Spring Is In The Air!