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Fill’er Up

Fill’er Up

Lord, May I look to you daily for the filling of your Spirit as you empower me to do your will.  “Be filled with the Spirit” Ephesians 5:18b Whenever driving in Oregon, U.S.A, I sit in the car while the gas station attendant comes out to the car and asks, “Fill’er up?” Oregon is one…

Getting Charged Up

Getting Charged Up

Stay spiritually fresh. Stay connected with God. Keep your spiritual batteries charged. “…be prepared in season and out of season…” 2 Timothy 4:2 For some time, we have known they were coming, but when the first one in town opened this week across the street from my office, I just stood and stared. I am…

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Wisdom for the Trials of Life

Have you ever looked at someone and thought, He’s so lucky or her life is so easy? “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. …

Reconciliation

Reconciliation

Jesus reconciles both us and our enemies to God, because all who come to God must come through Jesus. “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinance, that he might…

Tap Into Strength

Tap Into Strength

Friend, life is real. We all go through challenging moments of life. At all times, you and I can reach out to God. He is not far. He has already enriched us with his power. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner…

His Faithful Ones

His Faithful Ones

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. They will be protected forever… “  Psalm 37:28 Thought God is committed to his people. He loves justice, and those who pursue it. He will not forget his people, those who seek to honor him by displaying his character in their lives….

Trouble Comes with Life

Trouble Comes with Life

How do we survive the bitterly cold winds of life? When the account has no cash. When the marriage has no joy. When the crib is empty or the grave is occupied. Well Scripture offers a couple of starchy observations. First, no one gets a free pass. Trouble knocks at the door of us all. Someone needs…

Your Map is Putting You in Danger!

Your Map is Putting You in Danger!

What map are you using for your life journey? Is it an old map that seems to be putting you in difficult, even dangerous situations? Is it time for a new map? When my daughter was 16, she and I decided to do a 7 day backpacking trip on the West Coast Trail of Vancouver…

Let the Lord be the One

Let the Lord be the One

Let the Lord be the One—you call on: “I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies” Psalm 18:3. Care will break the rest of the soul as much as sin does. And there is no hope that we should know the peace that…

Trust is Tough

Trust is Tough

“When I am most afraid, I put my trust in you… “ Psalm 56:3 With the sun setting beyond a placid lake and the sky softly glowing, we see the silhouette of a tall young man walking hand in hand with his small daughter. It is a painting that some would say perfectly captures the…