In His Hands

In His Hands

When Jesus died, He broke the curse of sin and death’s eternal hold. Despite this, there are some Christians who are irrationally afraid of death. Death is inevitable– sickness comes, we die; old age comes, we die; an accident comes, we die.  Death happens, but...
Worthy of Our Praise

Worthy of Our Praise

It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at...
Wanting the Fullness

Wanting the Fullness

Have you noticed how caring for people expands our capacity to dream? When we start to love others, we cannot help but dream beyond ourselves. Suddenly it’s not all about “me” or what’s in it for me, but about “us” and the benefit of more people. Ephesians 4:11-13...
A Promise of Protection

A Promise of Protection

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”   Psalm 91:1 When Typhoon Haiyan hit, Tacloban City (Philippines) was ravaged by destruction....
Influence: No Room for Jealousy

Influence: No Room for Jealousy

When we think about life, chances are we think of situations we’ve been in– conversations, activities, good days, bad days—a combination of all the details we believe make us who we are. Lodged in the layers of our experiences are people whose lives have...
The Father of All Comfort

The Father of All Comfort

People who may have had harsh, demanding, and abusive fathers may find it difficult to see God our Heavenly Father as kind, compassionate, and comforting. There’s the temptation to think, “Oh, compassion? That sounds like Jesus, but not our Father God.” Or we might...
Joy in Trials

Joy in Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4...
Fly Like Eagles

Fly Like Eagles

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isa. 40:30-31 I take...
Gentleness Is Strength

Gentleness Is Strength

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1 It’s easy to justify anger when we’re confronted by a difficult situation or with annoying people or with our own unmet expectations. It’s also easy to justify anger when we feel cheated...
The Praise List

The Praise List

Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who...