A Different Spirit

A Different Spirit

Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” –Numbers 13:30 There were twelve men sent by Moses to scout the Promised Land. When they came back to the Israelites to report what...
Joy in Trials

Joy in Trials

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sister, whenever you face trials of many kinds…” James 1:2 Pure joy during trials? Trials have a way of twisting our intestines, making us weep, and provoking us to worry. It seems almost impossible to be joyful when we’d rather...
A Glimpse of the Father’s Love

A Glimpse of the Father’s Love

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 John 3:16 is a much-loved verse. It’s usually the first verse on our lips when asked about the verses we have memorized. It is...
The Faith for Dreams

The Faith for Dreams

And He brought him outside and said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars—if you are able to number them. Then He said to him, So shall your descendants be. And he [Abram] believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness.—Genesis 15:5-6  ...
More than Do’s and Don’ts

More than Do’s and Don’ts

Often, we present our good behavior when we are being watched. Is it Sunday? Good. We give ourselves mental tally sheets, ticking boxes for what we did not do and what we did do. Stop my mouth from cursing? Check. Greet the usher? Check. Forgive that guy who took my...
Love Like Jesus

Love Like Jesus

There is a lot of comfort in being at church on a Sunday, in singing songs, and in listening to a minister. But is this all there is to Christianity? Just a once-a-week or twice-a-week gathering of singing songs and listening to preaching? Whenever I read the Bible,...