Voice Not Noise

Mark 10:48 (NIV) Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” It seemed like just another day, on that dusty road to Jericho.  The rare traveler, and even rarer alms. Nobody really cared about Bartimaeus. He was just another blind beggar….

Right Standing With God – Part 2

Romans 4:19-22 (NIV) – 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being…

Right Standing With God – Part 1

Romans 4:19-22 (NIV) – Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being…

The Therapy of Thank You

Philippians 2:3 – Be humble thinking of others as better than yourselves.   Gratitude requires humility. Humility reflects the attitude of Christ. Gratitude acknowledges one’s own need and lifts the one being thanked. When you say thank you to the person who serves you at the restaurant or the supermarket, you are acknowledging them for…

What Brings You Joy

Philippians 4:4 (ESV) – Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Interestingly, Paul writes these famous words from a (Roman) prison. Paul is in an extremely difficult place and his circumstances are far from pleasant or joyful. He is being held in stocks, amidst the overpowering stench of the sewers of Rome….

From a Place of Love

Deuteronomy 8:5 (NIV) – Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you. Discipline is to punish in order to train. Having now come out of Egypt and the forty long years in the desert, the Israelites have finally arrived in the Promised Land. As they are on…

Take Position

Habakkuk 2:1 (NIV) – I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint. When you have prayed and prayed. When you have done all that you know to do and yet the answer…

A Life that is Led

Genesis 24:45 (NIV) – Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder… Can you really know God and His ways? Eliezer was the oldest of Abraham’s servants. Abraham trusted him. And so Abraham sends him on this very important mission under oath. Eliezer was to find a wife…

For a Time such as This

Esther 4:14 (ESV): For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Are you in a place where you are…

Forever Blessings

Genesis 13:14-15 (NIV) – The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. God called Abram out of Ur. Obediently Abram, with his…