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Your Heavenly Father

Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him – his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing, but the…

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God Uses Our Waiting

“As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her.” (Genesis 17:15-16) Are you waiting for something right now? Are you waiting for a small item, or something big, like a spouse, or a child or…

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The Grace and Mercy of God

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to…

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Expect God To Use You

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21) If we are followers of Jesus, we have a…

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Encouraging Words

Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:18) For years as a pastor, I have walked the grief road with those who are saying good-bye for a final time at a gravesite to a dearly cherished loved one. When I open the Bible to these words (especially from verse 13 to the end of the chapter),…

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Be Encouraged

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,” (Psalm 63:3-5) “Therefore…

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You Must Fill Up Before You Can Pour Out

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30 Yesterday…

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Being There for Others

“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15) Someone once said, “A real friend is one who comes in when the whole world goes out.” Wise words were never spoken so well. Often, we need someone with skin on to walk with us when our emotions are running the gambits. It…

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Praying Friends

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you…” (Colossians1:9) Thank the Lord for friends who pray! There is no doubt about it: we don’t know who has been praying for us, unless they just happen to let it leak out. That’s what the apostle Paul was…

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The Lord Will Protect You

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.” – Psalm 34:7 In the world we live in, there are plenty of things to be afraid of. There are a million different circumstances and possibilities we could worry about. But I want to counter any of those worries you…

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