Elisha: Burning Bridges

“And he returned from following him and took the yoke of oxen and sacrificed them and boiled their flesh with the yokes of the oxen and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and went after Elijah and assisted him” (1 Kings 19:21, ESV). On occasion we set our minds to... Continue Reading →

Upheld By The Lord

“If the Lord had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul”(‭‭Psalms‬ ‭94:17-19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ emphasis mine). As disciples, Jesus followers, we... Continue Reading →

Much Closer Attention

"Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it" (Hebrews 2:1 ESV). I can still hear the pastor's question in my mind's ear. He was preaching hard and was expecting some sort of response from the congregation. When it didn't come he hollered, "Are you here... Continue Reading →

I Am Convinced

"But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me" (2 Timothy 1:12 ESV).  I've always had a special place in my heart for First and Second Timothy, as I share his name. I... Continue Reading →

Set Apart, Useful and Ready

"Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house,... Continue Reading →

Flesh

“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires”‭‭ (Galatians‬ ‭5:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I don't know about you, but I very rarely think about belonging to Christ Jesus. I think of myself as a Christian. I think of myself as saved. I think about God as being my Father. but belonging to... Continue Reading →

God On Display Part 2

“But some of them said, 'Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?'”(‭‭John‬ ‭11:37‬ ‭ESV‬‬). We all believe that Jesus has the power to heal. We all believe that while He physically walked this earth, He did heal. This is not in dispute in any... Continue Reading →

Marathon Update

Thanks to all who prayed for me and those who cheered for me! The race didn't go completely according to plan, but it is an experience that I will never forget. And for that I thank God! It was a great, though difficult experience. I am grateful to God who gave me the strength to... Continue Reading →

Stewards

"This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:1-2 ESV). I have been a follower of Jesus for a long time. There have been times when I was faithful. And there have been... Continue Reading →

Endurance

"By your endurance you will gain your lives" (Luke 21:19 ESV). Jesus had been teaching about the end times. Wars. Earthquakes. Famines. Persecution. "You will be hated by all for my name's sake. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives" (Luke 21:17-19 ESV). Whenever I... Continue Reading →

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