Dare to Dream… Again

Joel 2:27-29 (AMP) “And you shall know [without any doubt] that I am in the midst of Israel [to protect and bless you], and that I am the Lord your God, and there is no other; My people will never be put to shame. “It shall come about after this that I shall pour out My Spirit…

Beautiful Souls

I Peter 3:3-4 (AMP) Your adornment must not be merely external—with interweaving and elaborate knotting of the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or [being superficially preoccupied with] dressing in expensive clothes; but let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled,…

Bless ‘Em Jesus

Romans 12:14-18 (ESV)  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is…

A Thousand Tiny Deaths

John 12:24-25 (ESV) Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. When I share the Word of God,…

Not Just Surviving

I Samuel 17:33-37 (NLT) “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear…

Only Time Will Tell

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AMP) He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the…

Living for His Glory

John 17:1-5 (AMP) When Jesus had spoken these things, He raised His eyes to heaven [in prayer] and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You. Just as You have given Him power and authority over all mankind, [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You…

The Identity Crisis

Genesis 1:27 (ESV) So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. My first college English class was taught by a feminist. She was so committed to the identity of womanhood that when submitting a paper all personal pronouns must be he/she…

Five Years

Philippians 3:10-11 (AMP)  And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by…

Welcome the Impossible

Luke 1:37 (ESV) “For nothing will be impossible with God.” The third relapse of our son’s cancer showed its character. It was ruthless and aggressive. Spreading throughout his body, the image lit up like a Christmas tree. The battle had turned into a war. According to medical science, it was a losing battle at that. If…