Unexpected Outcomes

John 11:23-28 (Message) Jesus said, “Your brother will be raised up.” Martha replied, “I know that he will be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time.”  “You don’t have to wait for the End. I am, right now, Resurrection and Life. The one who believes in me, even though he or she…

Resurrection Life

John 11:24-27 (AMP) Martha replied, “I know that he will rise [from the dead] in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trusts in, relies on) Me [as Savior] will live even if he dies; and everyone who lives and believes in Me [as Savior] will…

Father Knows Best

Proverbs 20:24-25 (NLT) The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost. We made it! The last child has reached the age of vehicular operation. She has been driving for a year now on her permit and…

Just That Simple

Psalm 37:3-5 (NLT) Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Life is complicated. I believe that in our effort to somehow find…

Daily Distractions

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil and ruin the vineyards [of love], While our vineyards are in blossom.” (Song of Solomon 2:15) People are plagued by distractions unless maybe a hermit living off the grid but even then the day will be consumed with finding provision in the land and maintaining shelter. To turn off the electric power…

Something New in You

2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a…

Simply Obey

2 John 6 (NIV) And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. Here’s a crazy thought! God’s Power and Blessing follows someone’s obedience. If you don’t believe me, think about this. Great miracles of God followed commands such as:…

Why Jesus?

Hebrews 12:2 (ESV) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him…

Jesus – Human & Hero

Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to…

You Are What You Speak

Proverbs 15:23-24 (NKJV) A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is! The way of life winds upward for the wise that he may turn away from hell below. Life is full of conversations. The word of God warns that man will be judged by every word spoken even in…