Hidden

Matthew 5:14-15 (NLT) “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. Leaving church trying to wrangle our crew, a…

The Litmus Test

Proverbs 30:5 (NIV) “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.” In the 14th century, scientists discovered litmus. It is a mixture of organic compounds extracted from lichen that turn red in acid and blue in alkaline solutions. It was used as an acid-base indicator for centuries….

Consistently Righteous

Proverbs 10:27-30 (AMP) The [reverent] fear of the Lord [worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect] prolongs one’s life, but the years of the wicked will be shortened. The hope of the righteous [those of honorable character and integrity] is joy, but the expectation of the wicked [those who oppose God and ignore His wisdom]…

Early Will I Seek Thee

Proverbs 8:17 (AMP) “I love those who love me; and those who seek me early and diligently will find me. It’s Monday. The last several weekends have been consumed helping our eldest daughter prepare and move into her first home. This past weekend, I attended a women’s conference with full days and late nights before returning to…

Seeking Kingdom

Matthew 6:33 (AMP) But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. But first and most importantly seek His Kingdom and His Righteousness…these words have penetrated my heart more so than…

Cuts Like a Knife

Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature],…

Impossible Blessing

Matthew 19:23-26 (AMP) Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, it is difficult for a rich man [who clings to possessions and status as security] to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich…

The Gift

Matthew 9:2-7 (NIV) Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your…

Always Enough

2 Corinthians 12:9 (AMP) But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ…

Coconut Milk

John 17:17-19 (NKJV) Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. For just a moment, envision the happy tourist vacationing on a white sandy beach, coconut…