Fan The Flame

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  2 Timothy 1:6  I remember the day I got baptized.  I was 34 years old and at the same time my one year old and 5 year old received the HolyContinue reading “Fan The Flame”

Burn Brightly

Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the Word of life.  Philippians 2:15-16 I have to admit in the carrot and stick scenario of motivation I tend to be more of a “stick” motivated person.  My fear of punishment or failure outweighs any reward I might be offered.  It’sContinue reading “Burn Brightly”

Be A Heart Changer & Soul Saver

Life Lesson #9: Christians are in the job of changing hearts and saving souls. Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you,Continue reading “Be A Heart Changer & Soul Saver”

Seek Koinonia

Life Lesson #8: Seek deep and long lasting communion with other Christian believers I pray that your partnership (koinonia) with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6 When I began my Christian journey, I didn’t have any ChristianContinue reading “Seek Koinonia”

A Tiny Message #5

If only there were someone to mediate between us, someone to bring us together, someone to remove God’s rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more. Job 9:33-34 When we read Paul’s letter to Philemon yesterday it’s clear that he is acting as an intercessor or in Biblical terms a “daysman.”Continue reading “A Tiny Message #5”

Unburdened Your Heart

Lesson #7: Forgiveness of others brings us the blessings of Christ It is as none other than Paul—an old man and now also a prisoner of Christ Jesus— that I appeal to you for my son  Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains. Philemon 1:9-10 Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness.  It keeps poppingContinue reading “Unburdened Your Heart”

A Tiny Message #1

Did you know that Paul was a small, in stature, man?  In fact, some of the Corinthian leaders thought less of him because of this.   You are judging by appearances.   If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ, they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do. 2 Corinthians 10:7Continue reading “A Tiny Message #1”

Free To Be

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called  me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14  A prayer to live without regret Holy God, it’s been many years since I accepted your gift of salvation, which alongContinue reading “Free To Be”

Imma Soul Saver

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23  A prayer that I would share the Gospel with othersContinue reading “Imma Soul Saver”

A Promise of Triumph

The Lord will march out like a champion,like a warrior he will stir up his zeal;with a shout  he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies. Isaiah 42:13 Like you, I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult people throughout my life.  Whether it was at work, my children’s school, youth sports, or even my church,Continue reading “A Promise of Triumph”