A Mirror for Jesus

Lesson 3: Imitate good, not evil Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.   Anyone who does what is good is from God. 3 John 11 Occasionally in our lives we are asked to state who we consider to be our “hero or who we most admire.”  According to the annual UnitedContinue reading “A Mirror for Jesus”

Tiny Yet Mighty

Throughout the Bible we are taught how the least becomes the most, the youngest becomes the greatest, and the weak become strong.  In my journey of studying the Bible I’ve flipped past seemingly insignificant books as I searched through the powerful messages of the Gospels and the insightful letters to the Corinthians and Ephesians.  And we allContinue reading “Tiny Yet Mighty”

Retire Our Gavels

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. Romans 14:10  A prayer to not be judgemental of others Holy God, we live in a world that judges us on a photo that gets scrolledContinue reading “Retire Our Gavels”

Kindness Matters

“May I continue to find favor in your eyes, my lord,” she said. “You have put me at ease by speaking kindly to your servant— though I do not have the standing of one of your servants.” Ruth 2:13 A prayer to always speak kindly of others Merciful God, so often when I think of sinfulContinue reading “Kindness Matters”

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”

Pessimist or Pollyanna?

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11 A prayer to live a joy-filled life. Gracious God your gifts and blessing to me cannot be counted.  And yet so often I turn to the negative parts in my life and place myContinue reading “Pessimist or Pollyanna?”

Anchored In Joy

And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him,to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Isaiah 56:6-7 These months of Coronavirus lockdownsContinue reading “Anchored In Joy”

His Lifeline of Love

In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer. “To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to beContinue reading “His Lifeline of Love”

The Promise of Wisdom

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears  of those who hear will listen. The fearful heart will know and understand,and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear. Isaiah 32:3-4 When I started going to church regularly about 20 years ago, I thought for sure I was theContinue reading “The Promise of Wisdom”

The Smoothest Path

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare     the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert     a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up,     every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level,     the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,     and all people will see itContinue reading “The Smoothest Path”