Prayer & Bible

Praise as Warfare

Praise as Warfare

Praise is adoration of God for who He is, His person, His character, His names. It is loving God because He is God. The Bible gives more exhortations to praise than to pray, because God is altogether lovely, holy, and completely worthy of our worship. Reasons to praise Praise is the atmosphere of the throne…

He’s Your God

He’s Your God

He’s your God in the sunshine, He’s your God in the rain, He’s your God in the laughter, He’s your God in the pain. He’s your God in the springtime, He’s your God in the fall, He’s your God in the silence, He’s your God in the call. He’s your God in the quiet, He’s…

Free at Last

Free at Last

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life in Christ has set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2 Thought “Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” Becoming a…

Guiltless

Guiltless

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” Romans 8:1 I purchased an expensive picture for our bedroom. I had been looking for one since we moved into the house and I had finally found the perfect one. At least, so I thought at the time of the purchase. There…

Unreciprocated Love

Unreciprocated Love

“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?”   Matthew 5:46 I recently had a conversation with a friend who was struggling to love a domineering church member. Another friend, hurt by someone she tried to help in the past, is now hesitant to…

Overcoming Offenses

Overcoming Offenses

When we study what Jesus taught, it is obvious to me that He came to make us “unoffendable.” Consider: He says that if someone slaps you on one cheek, offer him the other (Luke 6:29). He said to love our enemies and bless those who curse us (Luke 6:27-28). What He’s really doing is showing…

How to Rejoice While the World Falls Apart

How to Rejoice While the World Falls Apart

“Finally, by brothers, rejoice in the Lord…”  Philippians 3:1 The apostle Paul could rejoice while everything crumbled. So can you. The last two years have been, to say the least, a bit much. A global pandemic cut short millions of lives and wrought innumerable other hardships whose scope and damage we cannot yet quantify. A…

Temples of the Holy Spirit

Temples of the Holy Spirit

“Are we living a spirit-filled life every day?” “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians. 6:19-20) How many of us…

God Hunger

God Hunger

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1 Thoughts on today’s verse Addiction has been defined as “God-hunger directed to the wrong source of soul satisfaction.” Psalm 63 reminds us…

Be Joyful Always

Be Joyful Always

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Thought Where does your heart live? That’s what these verses are all about. It’s about where we spend the most time with our hearts. Is there a constant awareness in your life…