Healthy…or Holy?

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” (Psalms 51:1-2, ESV) Have you ever had your pastor say something and you didn’t know whether to say, “Amen!” or “Ouch!”? Today’s post... Continue Reading →

Repentance

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand’” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬). The text for today followed immediately after Jesus’ baptism and the subsequent time in the wilderness being tempted by the devil. His ministry began with the message of repentance. The fact that He chose the... Continue Reading →

I Believe. Help My Unbelief!

“’…if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can! All things are possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, ‘ I believe; help my unbelief’” (‭‭Mark‬ ‭9:22-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬)! The boy had been oppressed by a demon,... Continue Reading →

Unity

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3 (ESV) Having been... Continue Reading →

Vinedresser

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit” (John‬ ‭15:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I have made considerable strides in the development of self-discipline. I'm not where I... Continue Reading →

Remembrance

"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you."  (John 14:26, ESV) Sitting on the cold tile floor of my residence hall, tears streaming down my face, I was at a loss for... Continue Reading →

Stored UP!

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalms 119:11, ESV) I remember arriving at a swim meet one morning to travel the 20-ish miles from Schofield Barracks Army Base to Honolulu. My Dad and I were both excited to see how I would match up against... Continue Reading →

What Would You Run Toward?

“And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah”  (1 Kings 19:20, ESV)? Elijah had just put his cloak upon Elisha, and it must have taken him a moment for what had happened to sink in. When I am focused intently on my work, I get in a zone—when someone approaches me unnoticed I am likely... Continue Reading →

Plausible Arguments

“To reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments" (Colossians‬ ‭2:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬). The first thing that drew my attention to... Continue Reading →

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