Works

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them"... Continue Reading →

Together

“...called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬). Like some of you, I am an introvert. While some people find themselves at home when surrounded by others, we introverts are most comfortable when... Continue Reading →

New Every Morning

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV). When I lay my head down to sleep at night, the blessings of God and the day's... Continue Reading →

Keep the Word Close

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (‭‭Joshua‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭ESV‬‬). Have... Continue Reading →

Perfect Peace

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you" (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬). When I get home from work I frequently spend time talking with my wife about our day. It is not uncommon for her to mention some news event, and nine times out of ten I... Continue Reading →

The Will Of God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification...that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor....For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness”(‭‭1 Thessalonians ‭4:3-4, 7‬ ‭ESV‬‬). Have you ever said, "I just want to know the will of God for my life!"? I'm sure... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness

“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I deeply understand the power of forgiveness. But I came about this knowledge in an unconventional manner. Sure, I had some understanding... Continue Reading →

Times of Refreshing

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” ‭‭(Acts‬ ‭3:19-20‬a ESV‬‬). The hike had been arduous, up and down hills, through dense underbrush. It was unseasonably warm and I had a fair bit of gear strapped to my back.... Continue Reading →

Wingman?

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure” (Psalms‬ ‭16:8-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I remember well the scene from several TV shows and movies. The small protagonist is shaking before... Continue Reading →

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