Give In To Discipline

Proverbs 3:11-12 (NIV) 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. The Lord disciplines those He loves, as a Father the son (or daughter) who He delights in. I can understand this statement as a parent of five amazing…

Strength & Courage

Joshua 1:9 (NKJV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Have I not commanded you? Sounds a lot like, “how many times have I told you…” or “so-and-so you know better than that”. The typical response to our…

Be Accountable

I Peter 3:15-16 (AMP)  But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness…

Testing My Trust

Psalm 84:11-12 (NIV) For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you. Tomorrow our church will be trying something new. There will be more than 4,000 eggs dropped from a helicopter on our campus. I…

Invisible Fire

Philippians 4:4-7 (Message) Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute! Don’t fret or worry….

Lord, Awaken Me

Ephesians 5:14-17 (ESV) …For anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the…

Stay in Your Lane

Philippians 3:12-14 (NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is…

Courage to Wait

Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV) I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. Confidence. Courage. Be brave. Wait. What are you waiting on today? Is there a promise or purpose that that seems to stubborn to come? Waiting…

Be Bold

Acts 4:31 (AMP) And when they had prayed, the place where they were meeting together was shaken [a sign of God’s presence]; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness and courage.  A long time ago, my church friends and I would sneak away from our Sunday Night…

Increase My Faith

Luke 17:5 (NKJV)  And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” Spring is in the air. Planning for Easter activities at church has begun. The bushes are blooming. Pollen is floating. I am happy to report I have survived another much dreaded Daylight Savings time change where a precious hour of sleep is…