Hold To It

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 It’s not easy staying the course. I think my ideal is life should be smooth sailing, but as a dear […]

How Much To Trust

. . . because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  II Timothy 1:12 How much do I trust Him . . . really?  Oh man, this question is one I have always avoided.  I would suspect that […]

Right Place, Right Time

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.  Mark 15:21 Ever wonder whether or not you were where you should be or doing what you should be doing or going where you should […]

Faith Springs From Hope

. . . the faith and love that springs from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel . . .    Colossians 1:5 On those hot, blistery Florida summer days, I remember as a teenager going with my […]

Where My Help Comes From

I lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:1-2 How do you explain peace?  Is it best described as a stillness or calming of a mighty storm?  Or is it more like the gentleness of the beast […]

Mind Of Its Own

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hpe fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  I Peter 1:13 I ask because I want . . . I want because I do not have . . . I wonder on that I do not have . . […]

Getting It Right

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Matthew 6:33 I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in the pickle of a moment.  It’s that all too familiar place when the flutter of the wings from the angel on your right […]

When God Asks

. . . my cup overflows.   Psalm 23:5 In the course of my life I can guarantee I’ve reached the million mark in a number of areas.  There’s been more than a million cups of coffee (ok, maybe not that many-but close!), a million steps since I learned to walk, a million sneezes (each time […]

A Dark Place Called Pit

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.   II Peter 1:19 Last night I had the opportunity finally to see the […]

Murdering Hope

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   Ephesians 4:31-32 I don’t have a clue what just happened, but I know who did it!  It was a team effort, […]