Now You Are Light!

“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light”” (Ephesians‬ ‭5:8 ‭ESV‬‬). When I read this verse quickly I tend to mentally insert or change some words. I want it to say, “For at one time you were in darkness,” and I want it... Continue Reading →

Freedom

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬). At first glance, the first seven words of this verse seem redundant. Obviously we weren’t set free for captivity! Aaaaaah…there it is. For some reason we Christians aren’t really comfortable with the... Continue Reading →

Wisdom Wednesday: Wounds of a Friend

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” ‭‭(Proverbs‬ ‭27:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I’ve written recently about the value of community. In community we find and give comfort; we strengthen the faith of others and are strengthened by theirs. In community we encourage and are ourselves encouraged. But, while community is... Continue Reading →

How Were You Raised?

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1 ESV). Alright, this is kind of bait-and-switch. You probably thought I was referring to the behavioral education you received from your parents or guardians as you grew up. Perhaps... Continue Reading →

Sovereignty

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭10:29‬ ‭ESV‬‬). When things in life just don’t go our way, it’s easy to question God. “Why did you allow this to happen?!?” Sometimes we get angry with Him, and that’s alright.... Continue Reading →

Rivers In The Desert

"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:18-19 ESV). If you are anything like me, there have been times in your life... Continue Reading →

Completion

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6 ESV). I’ve always had the tendency to start something, get distracted by something else and not finish the first thing. It’s not that I don’t find the... Continue Reading →

Mutual Comfort, Mutual Faith

”For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine" (Romans 1:11-12 ESV). Do you long for fellowship with other believers? Do you yearn to bless and strengthen others, and to... Continue Reading →

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