A Cotton Seed World

Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.” Luke 17:20-21 My BSGs are embarking on a newContinue reading “A Cotton Seed World”

From Student to Teacher

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Luke 2:46 “The teacher encouragesthe student morphs – moth to beauteous butterfly soars”  Mala Naidoo, author When God directed me to start the Emboldened blog He also led me to a few simple quotesContinue reading “From Student to Teacher”

Fight or Flight

Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.   1 Peter 4:12 I’d wanted to get my motorcycle license since I was 16 years old.  For any of you counting that’s about 37 years ago.  Back then, my mind and bodyContinue reading “Fight or Flight”

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”

Welcome The Stranger

Lesson #1: Show hospitality to strangers, they may be God’s heaven-sent angels Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 3 John 5 The saying goes, “A man’s home is his castle.”  And we might add to that, “surrounded by a deepContinue reading “Welcome The Stranger”

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!

Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  James 3:10 A prayer to avoid using coarse language Holy Father, it has become so easy for me to use your name in un-holy ways.  There was once a time that when angered or frustrated I would just sayContinue reading “Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat!”

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 Rescue From Fear

Do Not Fear Easier said than done, right? If you have never been fear stricken with a perilous drive through a blizzard or holding a sick child with a fever of 104 or coming to the end of a bad week at work convinced that it will surely end with your firing, then you haveContinue reading “A Rescue From Fear”

The Addition of Peace

The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears     from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace     from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 25:8 As I write this, we are only a few weeks away from Christmas.  Around this time, we frequently see the phrase, “Peace on Earth!”  But like so many popularized snippets in the Bible theContinue reading “The Addition of Peace”

His Promises Are A Covenant

The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.” Isaiah 26:7 My BSGs (Bible Study girls) are currently doing an advent study.  In it we are reminded of the many promises of God through Jesus Christ.  These are the promises that so many Christians are most familiar – hope,Continue reading “His Promises Are A Covenant”