“No matter how knowledgeable we are, there are questions with answers beyond our comprehension”. Today’s devotional explains it all. What makes grass grow thick and green? Would you believe that part of the answer is lightning? The main ingredient in most fertilizers is nitrogen, and the air is full of it. But grass can’t access the nitrogen in the air until lightning moves through it. Lightning heats the air and
My friend Phil began chemo treatments in December 2016 for an aggressive form of lymphoma cancer. By God’s grace, he’d been prepared for this challenge in many ways. His wife had battled cancer several years before, and he had seen me go through several treatments in my own battle with an aggressive lymphoma. He had also just changed jobs, and the benefits and community support there were just what the
Years ago, when I was much younger, 22 to be precise, I was involved in the restoration of a historic church building. It had been left derelict for years. To see it returned to its original glory as a place of worship was amazing. After the restoration was completed, I would visit the church on my way home from work. I loved the quietness and solace that God’s house provided.
“The mission was helping people, the reality, however, felt more along the lines of self-punishment,” said the woman with a season of angst displayed on her face. She had set out to do what God placed in her heart and soul–help people, as many people as she could. Lea wanted to be the voice of those who could not find their own. Being a Christian woman, she wanted to stand
Is anything too hard for the Lord? Genesis 18:14NIV “Are you pregnant yet?” this question might have pierced Sarah’s heart each month. The shame of barrenness was unbearable. God had promised her husband Abraham that he would be the father of nations with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky. After waiting for many years, Sarah convinced Abraham to sleep with her maidservant Hagar to produce an heir. That was
Tweet Matt Carpenter, first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, has a tattoo on the inside of his right arm that says, “Matthew 19:26,” his ultimate favorite Scripture verse. The verse reads, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Carpenter shares, “There is a story behind this verse. When I first had the verse put on my
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 Our Christian walk of faith is often a journey of waiting…and waiting, which we don’t always do with much patience. Put my name at the top of that list, but I am learning. Waiting is hard,
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Psalm107:150 In today’s world, not many of us are satisfied with life. We desire more and more from it and are disappointed with things we can’t receive. We are frustrated because of our unfulfilled dreams or failed plans. We often complain and get resentful about our circumstances and shortcomings. We focus more on things we don’t have.
Tweet In the Apostle Paul’s last letter before death, he gave Timothy some signs of the last days. Departing from the Faith Do you know someone who once claimed to be a Christian but then later walked away from the faith? This is not a surprise to God. Perhaps it was to us, but it may be that they were never really
Tweet Does unanswered prayer mean you don’t have enough faith? What does God’s Word say? Faith is… The Bible says that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb 11:1), so faith is an assurance we have hope in and the conviction of the things we do not yet see, like we believe in Jesus
Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. To be ashamed is to be embarrassed by my actions, characteristics or associations. It is also when I am reluctant to do something for fear of embarrassment or humiliation. I remember playing a game of truth or dare while drinking with “friends” many years ago. It was my turn, and I was
You might have heard the famous quote: “The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.” 18 inches doesn’t seem that far. We can cover that distance in one swift step with our feet. Many of our pets are about that length, and we can run our hands over their soft backs in a matter of seconds. Somehow, though, letting what we
Tweet There are no shortages of sermons, songs, and sonnets about faith. In fact, if you were to ask people what the word faith means you might get a variety of answers that describe a trusting or belief in something. However, to fully understand faith, a good place to study is Hebrews 11, which has been called by many the Hall of
It wasn’t until I was in my 40’s that I realized the significant role fathers play in the psychological and emotional development of their children, especially daughters. The lack of having a positive father figure in my childhood had a detrimental impact on me, especially throughout my teenage and adult years. I have what you call “daddy issues,” and it took me a long time to overcome them. In fact,
Tweet The subject of faith healing can be one that causes many to argue. In fact, it has become a very controversial subject mostly among believers. I have been thinking about this and I would like to offer you what I have found in the Bible about the topic of faith healing. Look up the Scriptures and study it out. You may
I met Jesus in a hayfield. I’d heard about him, prayed to him, even conjured up my own image of who he might be. But I hadn’t encountered him for myself, outside of my parents’ religion, until I met him in that field. It was the summer my grandpa died. I was fourteen and desperate for answers about life and death and if eternal life really did exist. A Personal
I saw it for the first time this year. When driving home with the kids, my focus shifted to the edge of the tree-lined street. About four driveways down, there stood a white dogwood tree. It was crowned with the beautiful blossoms of spring. Those delicate baby flowers directed my thoughts. I had thoughts of spring and all the newness and freshness that it offers us. With that, many will
Do you remember what it was like when you were learning how to ride a bike the first time? If your learning experience was anything like mine, you had lots of wobbling, uncertainty, fear of falling, and desiring the security of my mom’s steady hands. Even when my mom assured me I could do it and was ready to go a little ways on my own, I wasn’t always convinced.
Why does it seem like we always go through seasons of doing what’s right and wrong? It seems to be a never-ending cycle. Have you been there? I know I have. To counter sin we must first determine our own sinful desires. I recommend making a “lust list” so that you can have a starting point to change your life. Stop and take some time right now to make a
Ahh, Self – Love. As women, it can be a tricky thing to navigate well. There is no shortage of advice in the world on how we should handle self-love. “You need to love yourself first before you can truly love others” Unknown “Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line” Lucille Ball Often today we’re told we need to love ourselves more. That self-love is the key