As I read Jan Karon’s Mitford Bedside Companion this Sunday, I was reminded of prayers that God will always answer. Later that day, as my family and I listened to a recent sermon by Charles Stanley, I was reminded, in contrast, that there are also some prayers he will not answer. Karon’s protagonist, Episcopalian priest… Continue reading Prayers That God Will Always Answer – And Some That He Will Not
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, for the hope which is laid up… Continue reading This Sliver of Eternity
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?....Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him… Continue reading Grand-Prize Winners
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:11 Because… Continue reading For Unto You Is Born This Day
I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. – Psalm 118:21 At my house, we always take the week of Thanksgiving off from our homeschool studies to clean, decorate, bake, and spend some family time together before we plunge into December. The twelfth month is always crazy mix of… Continue reading Thankful for the Wonder of Our Salvation
Imagine being Nicodemus, the first to hear Jesus’ explanation of salvation as rebirth. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. – John 3:3 Because many of Nicodemus’s fellow Pharisees hated Jesus, Nicodemus had scheduled a clandestine nighttime… Continue reading The Strange Idea of Being Born Again
Last week in my children’s church class, a fellow teacher shared the concept of mercy and truth with the kids. Did you know that mercy and truth are paired more than fifteen times in Scripture, and that mercy is always first? Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. – Psalm 85:10 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee:… Continue reading Mercy and Truth, Carrots and Peas
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?
This summer has been a busy one for our family, filled with projects of all sorts that we have worked on individually and as a family. Our house has been cleaned, painted, organized, and repaired within an inch of its life, and it’s kept us very busy. I’ve also worked more than usual on landscaping… Continue reading Seeking God in Loneliness
When I worked full-time at the local newspaper years ago, several fellow employees enjoyed posing what they considered difficult questions about my faith. A popular one was, why don’t you drink? Or, how can you have any fun without drinking? That one was easy enough to answer. I didn’t make any converts – the… Continue reading God Doesn’t Send People to Hell…Does He?