Challenge for the New Year

“A ship in the harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” –credited to John Shedd, 1928 As I sit in the quietness of my home and contemplate the new year before me, this quote is a challenge.  It takes me back to the Israelites in the book of Joshua. God…

Release

Read John 11 – When Jesus looked at Martha in the face of Lazarus’ death, He said “I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” John 11:25-26. He was asking…

How to Survive in Despair

Read Mark 5: 21 – 43 Everyone told Jairus it was no use.  “Don’t bother talking to Jesus.  You daughter is dead.”  But Jesus’ only words were “Don’t be afraid; only believe” (Mark 5:36). These are the same words God speaks to us when we stand in the middle of unspeakable horror, numbing sorrow, and…

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….

Go Ahead, Make My Day! I Thessalonians – Day 4

a devotional response to I Thessalonians 3 – Go ahead – make my day. Clint Eastwood’s infamous movie line in context is an invitation to violence, but if Paul the Apostle had used this line it would have had a totally different meaning. Paul was in Athens, and he was suffering for his outspoken testimony…

Faith or Feelings

When I feel alone, faith reminds me that God will never leave me or forsake me. When it seems my world is falling apart, faith says “God is in control”. When all I see is darkness, faith shines the light of God’s love. Feelings are not the reality – God is the reality, and in…