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 →

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 →

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 →

Outsiders

“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (Colossians‬ ‭4:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬). As Christians it is not uncommon that we find ourselves spending our time with other Christians. This is one... Continue Reading →

Burden Bearer

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭68:19‬ ‭NASB‬‬). I'm a worrier.I don't pace the floor or bite my nails, but I'm a worrier nonetheless. I internalize my worry in the same manner that I internalize anger or depression. I've been an introvert all my... Continue Reading →

If I Rebuild

“...yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified. But... 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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