Children of Light – I Thessalonians, Day 7

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope Thessalonians 5:1-11 Christ will return, and this great truth anchors our hearts. Paul, however, wanted Christians to see the application of this truth in their daily lives,…

Hurricane

It comes. Blustering and fussing across the Gulf, churning wind and waves, devouring the warmth of the water below, spinning into a web of unknown destruction. It comes. Pulled relentlessly to the land that will end its life, but not before it has left its mark – Landscape forever changed. As I write, I am…

Defensive Grace

II Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. We are in a battle and the enemy will attack.  God instructs us to be strong. This strength is not just a grit your teeth and muddle through endeavor; it is founded and grounded in the grace that is…

Out of this World – I Thessalonians, Day 6

a devotional response to I Thessalonians 4:13 – 18 One way or another God is going to get His children out of this world.  This is not a threat; it is a reality. For this reason, we have hope; Not a hope that is pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking, but a certainty and assurance grounded in the…

Cleaning Inside Out – I Thessalonians, Day 5

a devotional response to I Thessalonians 4:1-12 Twice in the book of I Thessalonians Paul specifically speaks to the will of God for the Christian. The first incidence in found in I Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know…

Through the Looking Glass

Through the looking glass of humanness, we often determine that another soul has it better or easier than we do.  Assumptions made; judgments cast, we discount their struggle and undervalue the working of God in their life. The Psalmist David and Paul both made it clear that we are on equal footing when it comes sin….