You keep everyone in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because they place their trust in You. Isaiah 26:3 Perfect peace during a pandemic? Is this even possible? This verse (not the reality of my current experience) leads me to believe that it is possible. Which begs the question – how? I don’t know about you but I have had to turn off the news, stay away from Facebook and disengage from conversations around the hot topics. I don’t have answers and neither do the news reporters, the politicians and people who want to spend countless hours speculating … Continue reading Perfect Peace
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation. Hebrews 2:3 I grew up in Houston, Texas and for one year of high school, I attended a rather elite private school. This is the same school George Bush attended a few years ahead of me. If asked, people who promoted the school would no doubt say it was all inclusive. My experience told me differently. Oh, it was inclusive if you dressed the correct way, made the top grades and fit the pattern created by others ahead of me. Unfortunately, I didn’t fit the pattern and I had … Continue reading All Inclusive
Jesus was going through all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Matthew 9:35 Jesus confused people. I think it’s safe to say as much. Everywhere He walked, He left behind people scratching their heads and wondering about this man who was the carpenter’s son. He came preaching a message quite different from what people anticipated, even those who were well versed in the writings of the Old Testament prophets. He healed the sick on the Sabbath, and He delivered people from the torment of Satan, … Continue reading Setting Things Right
“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? Luke 15:4 Jesus is talking to tax collectors and sinners who had come to hear Him. The tax collectors had been complaining that Jesus welcomed sinners and even ate with them. So Jesus gave this parable… A shepherd discovers that one sheep is missing. The shepherd leaves the 99 and begins searching for the one that has wandered off. When he finds his … Continue reading Found That Sheep!
This is amazing grace This is unfailing love That You would take my place That You would bear my cross You’d lay down Your life That I would be set free Oh, Jesus, I sing for All that You’ve done for me Who brings our chaos back into order Who makes the orphan a son and daughter The King of Glory, the King of Glory This song by Phil Wickham has been running through my mind lately. Amazing grace, unfailing love – are those ever anything we could take for granted? To think that someone, anyone would take my place, … Continue reading Amazing Grace
This was originally posted in 2013 but the message is as relevant today as it was then. You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8 A little girl was crying one day at work. Silently, with her face buried in her hands, tears dripping down her face and onto the table below. I tried to engage her in conversation and she wouldn’t talk. The pain in her eyes was deep, maybe too deep for words. I sat next to her, gave her … Continue reading A Little Girl’s Tears
Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16: 24 Pleasant words – words that encourage and lift up, words that minister life and grace and love and mercy. Heard many of those lately? Spoken many of those lately? Sometimes, I have to admit, I am careless in my speech. I speak from habit and convention. People ask, “How are you? and I say “fine” whether I am or not. And no one seems to really care. And I think what difference does it make? The woman at the counter at … Continue reading Pleasant Words
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. Luke 8:22-25 The disciples were doing exactly what Jesus told them … Continue reading Where’s Your Faith?
For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. James 3: 2-3 What I learned when I had my own horses is just this: simply putting a bit in a horse’s mouth doesn’t really control him. There is more to it than just that. A horse can harden his mouth against a bit so much so that … Continue reading Whoa There Pony
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 This morning, I put my dogs outside and sat down to read my morning devotion. It was about this verse in Romans. I’ve read this verse many times but today I saw it more clearly than ever before. When I went to let my dogs back in, I noticed that they were over in the garden area where they know not to be. I wanted them to come back into the house and I even had a small treat for them. They heard the … Continue reading Approach Like Bubba