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

Becoming Like the God(s) We Worship

For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing. And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them,… Continue reading Becoming Like the God(s) We Worship

A Cozy Sunday “Making Do”

For the first time that I can remember, our family stayed at home for church services this morning, and no one was sick. We had no other pressing event to attend. Our church doors were closed, like those of many other churches in America. To my surprise, the day turned out to be rather cozy… Continue reading A Cozy Sunday “Making Do”

The Foundation of Our Faith…Is Faith

In his second epistle, Peter explains that faith is the cornerstone upon which all other aspects of our faith in Christ must be built. …add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.… Continue reading The Foundation of Our Faith…Is Faith

Celebrate & Meditate with Thanksgiving Music

Earlier this week, an unseasonably early snowfall kept us inside, providing a perfect opportunity for cozy indoor activities. I’ve been baking and catching up on some “fun” computer projects, including creating a Thanksgiving-themed playlist on Spotify. (I mentioned this idea in a prior post.) With its mix of classic hymns with and contemporary worship songs,… Continue reading Celebrate & Meditate with Thanksgiving Music

Thanksgiving Carols

My daughter, Shae, and I agree: the songs of Thanksgiving seem to get lost in the shuffle, as people leap from "spooky spirit" to Christmas spirit. Today, we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorite songs of the season. (You can view her picks here.) Time permitting, I plan to create a Spotify playlist… Continue reading Thanksgiving Carols

Choose Joy

I often read blog posts in which writers pour out their hearts about their trials and tribulations. These dear people are often suffering from depression or other chronic illnesses, or dealing with family problems. Others are simply running the race of life and feeling as though they will never catch up, never mind get ahead.… Continue reading Choose Joy

The Respite of Christian Friendship

When the Apostle Paul traveled from Athens to Corinth, he became acquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, a married couple who shared Paul’s occupation as a tentmaker, and his identity as a Jew. And [Paul] found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had… Continue reading The Respite of Christian Friendship

It’s Harvest Time!

Where I live, it’s harvest time. Up and down our road, combines and trucks have been driving to and fro from early to late, urgent in their need to gather in soybeans and corn.   Below are some harvest-time Scriptures, filled with words of with hope and wisdom. Enjoy! While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,… Continue reading It’s Harvest Time!

Quieting the Clamor in Your Life

One morning last week, as I read in Ephesians, the word clamor leapt off the page and got me thinking. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all… Continue reading Quieting the Clamor in Your Life