On Christian radio call-in programs, I’ve often heard people ask how to validate one’s salvation. People say that despite their sincere belief in the Gospel, they don’t “feel” saved. Others say that they have asked Christ to save them over and over again. It saddens me that people have these doubts and fears, because Scripture… Continue reading Are You Secure in Your Salvation?
We moms want to inspire our kids. Just having children makes us strive to be the best versions of ourselves, examples we hope they’ll want to emulate. But in some ways, my kids have already surpassed that goal, and now, they inspire me. My 14-year-old son started a YouTube channel this summer, where he posts… Continue reading The Inspiration Cycle
A recent message by Dr. Charles Stanley brought to mind the many times the phrase “one another,” or something similar, is used throughout Scripture. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. – John 13:14 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour… Continue reading One Another, One Another, One Another
I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. – 1 Corinthians 3:6 I’m a huge fan of the PBS series “Poirot,” which ran intermittently over the course of twenty-five years. In the series, David Suchet brought to life Agatha Christie’s super sleuth with the unequaled “little gray cells,” Hercule Poirot. I’ll finish the final season… Continue reading Planting, Watering, and Harvesting
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. – Philippians 3:8 I often consider how I can be more efficient. Do you?… Continue reading Efficiency, Priorities, and Eternal Value
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6, 7 There’s a great deal we could worry about these days. There’s this little thing known as… Continue reading Commanded to Be Worry-Free
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. – John 15:7 The past few months, our home has become more of a haven than ever before. Its walls have witnessed an increase in prayers, as we have talked with… Continue reading When God Promises to Grant Our Prayer Requests
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? – 2 Peter… Continue reading Anticipating a Glorious New Season
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. – Psalm 138:8 It’s a comfort to know that I’m not the one responsible for my own perfection – that is, for becoming more mature, complete, and well-rounded as a Christian. The Bible says that my perfection is the… Continue reading The Process of Perfection
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23 While my family and I have been forging through these strange times relatively unscathed, I have been bothered… Continue reading Holding on to Hope
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5 I once thought that if there was an opportunity to serve at church, and no one else filled that role, I should do it. I quickly… Continue reading Just Be the Best Building Block You Can – Not the Whole House!
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. – Hebrews 6:7 This spring, it has rained a lot here in Central Illinois. Though some farmers and gardeners have delayed planting, or have had to… Continue reading Steady Rain, Soft Ground