June 09, 2017
Habakkuk is a little book tucked in the Old Testament with a big message. We don’t know a lot about Habakkuk. He identifies himself as a prophet, and we know that he was a prophet with questions. This book of the Bible is a conversation between the searching prophet and God.
June 03, 2017
I may have shared this story before on my blog. If so forgive me, I have written enough blogs now that I can’t remember them all. When I was little and would say things like, “I can’t wait for Christmas” or “Only a few more days until school is out.” My mother would always tell me not to wish my life away.
May 26, 2017
Who do you want to meet when you get to heaven? I know that first and foremost we want to see Jesus. The other obvious answer is family members and friends who have gone on before us. But, what about Bible characters? Is there someone from the Bible that you want to talk to when you get to heaven?
May 18, 2017
When I was a little girl, my father came home one day with a beautiful Spitz dog. We were so excited and could not wait to play with our new friend and get our hands in that billowy white fur. But just as my dad bent down to undo the leash the dog growled and snapped at him. He jerked his hand back just in time to avoid being bitten.
May 11, 2017
I love finding characters in the Bible that I’m not familiar with and seeing what they have to teach us. I found one this week. It is the story of Asa tucked away in 2 Chronicles 14-16 and 1 Kings 15:9-24. These two passages relay the same story of Asa’s life.
May 04, 2017
Shadowboxing is defined as sparring with an imaginary partner. Boxers use this as a method of training to help build up muscles. Also, I’m sure you have seen this image depicted in movies and TV. It makes the boxer look tough to his opponent. It may also have merit as a way to build up muscles, but spiritual shadowboxing is of no use.
April 28, 2017
April 27, 2017, as I am writing this, is the 152nd anniversary of a little-known but fascinating story. While it has great significance in American history, I believe we can also gain spiritual insight from it. I would like to recount this story to you now.
April 21, 2017
I was at a women’s conference several years ago when the speaker passed out rubber bands. We were instructed to place them on our wrist, and every time we said something negative we were to pop ourselves. Needless to say, after a few days, our stinging wrists made us aware of how often we allowed negative words to slip from our lips.
April 14, 2017
Last Sunday, as I sat down in my church, I looked up to see a cross suspended mid-air at the front of the worship center. I watched as people one by one became aware that it was there. I also discovered later that some people went through the entire service without noticing the cross at all.
April 08, 2017
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. It is a time when we celebrate the Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem leading to his arrest, crucifixion and ultimately his resurrection. It is the beginning of Holy Week we need to take care to not overlook this day on the way to Easter.
March 31, 2017
Have you ever walked into a room and tried to be invisible? Maybe, you have slipped into the back row at a conference or a church hoping no one sees you. Have there been other times when you wonder why no one is noticing you? It seems that no matter what you do you are unfairly overlooked.
March 23, 2017
In many jobs, an assistant trains under the leader. It was no different in Moses’ day. Moses assistant was Joshua, and when Moses died, God commanded him to take Moses’ place and lead the Israelite people to take possession of the promise land. So they began dividing up the land. By the time, we get to Joshua 18 seven tribes still had not taken possession of their land.
March 17, 2017
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Even though it doesn’t feel like it yet, next week is spring. This season conjures up hope like no other. We watch and wait for the promise that each new bud and warmer day brings. Even in the years that we thought it would never come, the Bible promises, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) (NIV)