The God of the Practical

The God of the Practical

“Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” Psalm 25:4-5 There was a time when I looked at this passage of Scripture only through the lens of character. “What...
When God Doesn’t Choose You

When God Doesn’t Choose You

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came...
Our True Name

Our True Name

Rachel was about to die, but with her last breath she named the baby Ben-oni (which means “son of my sorrow”). The baby’s father, however, called him Benjamin (which means “son of my right hand”). Genesis 35:18 Labels that Hurt In life, we encounter many hurtful words...
Hungry for Daily Bread

Hungry for Daily Bread

Give us this day our daily bread. Matthew 6:11 We need food to survive, and the Lord knows this.  When we don’t eat, chances are we feel lousy, irritable, hungry, forgetful, and angry. While mulling over Matthew 6:11, one of the things that struck me was how we can...
Baffling Instructions

Baffling Instructions

When Jesus had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we have worked hard all night without catching anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done...
Bone Weary?

Bone Weary?

When I find myself getting bone-weary from the hustle and bustle of life, I go back to one of my favorite Scriptures, Psalm 23. The first three verses say– The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet...
Doubt and Disappointment with God

Doubt and Disappointment with God

So he [Jesus] replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the...
Breaking the False Refuge of Shame

Breaking the False Refuge of Shame

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) John 4:7-8 How many of us carry a stigma from the past, believing that we cannot serve the Lord because of what we’ve done?...
Redeeming the Time

Redeeming the Time

Pay careful attention, then, to how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 We usually use the word “redeem” in relation to sin. It means...
The Affirmation of Identity

The Affirmation of Identity

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew...