Draw Near

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (James 4:8 ESV). It doesn’t really take much of an imagination to envision a fiery preacher pointing his finger at you, shaking his Bible, and uttering the words of James 4:8. Even the... 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 →

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 →

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 →

Suffering and Sovereignty

“As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (‭‭John‬ ‭9:1-3‬ ‭ESV‬‬).... Continue Reading →

New Every Morning

"But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV). When I lay my head down to sleep at night, the blessings of God and the day's... Continue Reading →

The Will Of God

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification...that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor....For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness”(‭‭1 Thessalonians ‭4:3-4, 7‬ ‭ESV‬‬). Have you ever said, "I just want to know the will of God for my life!"? I'm sure... 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 →

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 →

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