Just Be the Best Building Block You Can – Not the Whole House!

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!

Steady Rain, Soft Ground

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

How Jesus Revolutionized the Golden Rule

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. – Matthew 7:12 Arguably Jesus’ most well-known teaching, the Golden Rule is subscribed to by both believers and non-believers, and for good reason: that one precept encompasses all others,… Continue reading How Jesus Revolutionized the Golden Rule

Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

I enjoy studying Scripture to discover how I can be more like Christ. But sometimes, I just need to soak up the goodness of God. I revel in his promises to believers – promises that, as God, he can always be trusted to fulfill. I appreciate that he included so many in Scripture, revealing his… Continue reading Encouraging Promises of God to Believers

Faces Lifted Up

Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf. – 2 Corinthians 1:11 The Apostle Paul spends much of the book of 2 Corinthians defending his apostleship. He appears to be greatly burdened, and… Continue reading Faces Lifted Up

What Was Special about Enoch?

And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. – Genesis 5:23, 24 I just received word that my dear kindergarten teacher, who is also my mother’s best friend, has tested positive for COVID-19. She already has COPD… Continue reading What Was Special about Enoch?

10 Short Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. - Ephesians 5:16 I watched a YouTube video recently that put forth this idea: what could you accomplish if you set aside just ten minutes to do it? For me, ten minutes can be used to begin any sort of overwhelming project. The old saying “once begun is… Continue reading 10 Short Minutes Can Make a Huge Difference

Waiting…

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. – James 1:4 We have all become familiar with waiting these days—waiting for test results, for quarantine to be over, for the opportunity to return home, for life to go back to some semblance of normalcy. But I believe God is using this… Continue reading Waiting…

How Can Tough Times Be Good for Us?

In Romans 5, Paul discusses how difficult experiences can be the foundation upon which we can build strong character, block by block. He says, …We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our… Continue reading How Can Tough Times Be Good for Us?

Why Are You Sad?

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why… Continue reading Why Are You Sad?