Fiery Trials

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 There’s a famous line in the movie Animal House, “Thank you, Sir!  May I have another!” which the college students must say as they receive a paddling inContinue reading “Fiery Trials”

A Plan for Us

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 I’ll be honest, I never thought I’d get married.  Partially because I just wasn’t raised thinking about marriage and partially because I was the product of a marriage based on very little respect forContinue reading “A Plan for Us”

Change Maker

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1 Like everyone else on this blue planet I’ve had my share of relationship problems.  From friends to family and love relationships to work ones I’ve had my share ofContinue reading “Change Maker”

Back to Bethel

From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord. Genesis 13:3-4 I heard a great sermon the other day about Genesis 13.  I love how God letsContinue reading “Back to Bethel”

He Knows My Name

I will not forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;  Isaiah 49:15-16 The other day my Bible study girls (or BSGs as I like to call them) were once again talking about praise versus thanksgiving.  I had already been pondering over my praise life when we started talking about how we so oftenContinue reading “He Knows My Name”

Step: 5 Wise Counselor

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14 The day I sat on the edge of my bed whining to God about my miserableContinue reading “Step: 5 Wise Counselor”

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”

Our Amazing Influence

Simon the Sorcerer Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.”They followed himContinue reading “Our Amazing Influence”