The Blessing of Hope

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:5 In February of 2020, my beloved mother in law got some disturbing news.  She possibly had uterine cancer.  We all started praying and hoping for negative tests.  But with each test,Continue reading “The Blessing of Hope”

Unity Strengthens

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  1 Cor 16:13 Isn’t it just like us humans, when dealing with multiple leaders, to try and take sides?  Whether it be a job, a volunteer position, in our families, a group of friends, or at our churches so many of us seek toContinue reading “Unity Strengthens”

Identifying The Enemy

Lesson #13: To win a battle you first need to identify your adversary. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 1:4 AboutContinue reading “Identifying The Enemy”

Truth + Love

Life Lesson # 6: Truth and love must go hand in hand in our lives If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work. 2 John 10-11 Throughout the text in these five smallest books inContinue reading “Truth + Love”

The Big Picture

Lesson #2: Commit to the big picture of Christ through the details of His love So when I come, I will call attention to what he (Diotrephes) is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. 3 John 10 My current Bible study, Everyday Theology, has been a great strengthening and clarification of my Christian beliefs.  Starting withContinue reading “The Big Picture”

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”

A Mustard Seed

Do not repay evil with evil  or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,  because to this you were called  so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9  A prayer to be a blessing to those around me and my community Holy Spirit I get so wrapped up in my everyday problemsContinue reading “A Mustard Seed”

He Prepares The Way

This is what the Lord says to his anointed,to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of to subdue nations  before him and to strip kings of their armor, to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut: I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut throughContinue reading “He Prepares The Way”

Vessels of Good News

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but willContinue reading “Vessels of Good News”

The Sword of the Spirit

For I am the Lord your God,    who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—    the Lord Almighty is his name.16 I have put my words in your mouth    and covered you with the shadow of my hand—I who set the heavens in place,    who laid the foundations of the earth,    and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’” Isaiah 51:15-16 When we pictureContinue reading “The Sword of the Spirit”