For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ Luke 15:24 He never stopped looking for his son to return home. He watched the road expectantly, wondering, is this the day? Is this the day my beloved son comes home? He was a wealthy man and had two sons. In Jewish tradition, a father had to die for an inheritance to be given. He was clearly alive the day his younger son approached him with the question that broke his heart. He asked his father to give him his inheritance even though … Continue reading Welcome Home
I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I John 2:12 One day a group of friends were playing basketball as they do every morning. And, as sometimes happens, words were spoken that could have divided not only the team, but friendships, as well. I ended the game and allowed tempers to cool and then began the work of peace-making. Most of the words were spoken to or about one boy, a boy they have all enjoyed, a boy who was reduced to tears over their behavior. I reminded them that … Continue reading Forgiven
I read the Bible for the first time in 1983. I was a brand new Christian and wanted to see what God had to say for Himself. I started at Genesis and read through to Revelation. It took about 3 months. When I closed the book I lay my head down and cried. I grew up in a Presbyterian Church. We went on Sunday mornings and almost every other time the doors were open. I remember a lot of things but I don’t remember learning anything about God. I am sure He was mentioned but I’m just saying, for me, … Continue reading Good King, Bad King
And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit with this Message from God, your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel: “I am God, your God, who teaches you how to live right and well. I show you what to do, where to go. If you had listened all along to what I told you, your life would have flowed full like a river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea. Children and grandchildren are like sand, your progeny like grains of sand. There would be no end of them, no danger of losing touch with me Isaiah 48:17 … Continue reading Life Lessons
My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:11-12 A young boy I work with captured my heart within hours of meeting him. I have worked with kids for more years than I can count and can’t remember a more stand-out kid. He is charismatic, compassionate, intuitive, funny, and dearly loved by all the kids around him. I can’t imagine anyone not falling in love with him. In this “love” I thought I felt for him, I allowed … Continue reading You Don’t Love Me Anymore
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life [a]in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2 The ball went sailing over the fence, crossed the street and rolled through the back lot of Target before it came to a rest. The kids had been playing soccer, the fence was the goal and someone just scored a point and everyone should have been excited, but they weren’t. They thought they were in trouble because of the ball being across the street now and began looking … Continue reading Oops! My Bad!
So, friends, we can now—without hesitation— walk right up to God, into “the Holy Place.” Jesus has cleared the way by the blood of his sacrifice, acting as our priest before God. The “curtain” into God’s presence is his body. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out. Hebrews 10:19-22 Message Bible Need healing? Need restoration? Need peace? Need something you can’t even put into words? Feel like you can’t even approach God? You’ve been too distant – feel too unworthy – it’s been far too long since you even considered Him as a viable … Continue reading Payment Accepted