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 →

The 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 →

Awake or Asleep

“For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:9-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬). I've heard many... Continue Reading →

Mercy Not Sacrifice

"Go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Matthew 9:13 ESV). Every now and then a scripture jumps out at me while I'm reading. Usually I assume that God is trying to tell me something; it's not always a verse that I... Continue Reading →

Our Blessed Hope

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us... Continue Reading →

Give Grace

"Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29 ESV). At an early age I learned that quick wit was tremendously successful as a self-defense mechanism. It really didn't matter if... 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 →

Knowing the Fear of the Lord

“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.... For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died... Continue Reading →

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