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
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
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:13 As a child in Bible class, I memorized the verses in Ephesians 6 about the armor of God. I recall lessons about each piece: salvation, truth,… Continue reading A New Suit of Armor Every Day
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?
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…
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. – Matthew 28:6 Happy Easter, friends! As I read about Christ’s glorious Resurrection this morning, a phrase from today’s Scripture jumped out at me: “as he said.” The Lord had told his followers that he would come back to life after his death… And… Continue reading As He Said
The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. - John 6:63b After completing their spelling/vocabulary/poetry curriculum for the school year, my two high school juniors wrote essays about the power of words. Below is my daughter's essay; I posted my son's on Thursday. We welcome your own thoughts about words in the… Continue reading The Power of Words (according to my daughter)
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. - Isaiah 55:8 In times like these, it can be tempting to doubt the goodness and wisdom of God. But, as the above Scripture reminds us, his ways are not ours. Therein lies one of the fundamentals of our faith:… Continue reading God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways – But He Still Loves Us
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 Yesterday was a perfect early spring day. I opened my mudroom door to the sunshine and spring breezes while I scrubbed the little room from top to bottom. Afterward, I took a… Continue reading Waiting for God: Twisting, Stretching, and Enduring