New Wine in Old Wineskins

"Now John's disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, "Why do John's disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom... Continue Reading →

Fear Not

“You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, "You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off"; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you,... Continue Reading →

No Condemnation!

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1 ESV). I have struggled throughout my Christian life with my value as a Christian, and even as a human being. A large part of that is predicated upon my “self-talk.” I tend to rehash my failures in life and faith.... Continue Reading →

Bold As A Lion

"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion"  (Proverbs 28:1 ESV). I looked at this verse differently today. I've always thought that we would be bold as lions when our spiritual lives were up to snuff, when we were finally righteous. Boldness was a badge of honor that we... Continue Reading →

Light

"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12 ESV). My family has made the trip into the depths of the Crystal Cave in western Wisconsin several times. It's a place of wonder, with... Continue Reading →

Secret Sins

“For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence” (Psalms 90:7-8 ESV). I don't watch as much football as I used to. But it is still a regular occurrence to hear the... 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 →

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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