“Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”Psalms 119:11 NKJV What sort of things do you try to protect? How do you protect them? How do you know they are valuable to you? Because there is such easy access to the Bible in America, I wonder if there… Continue reading Hidden in My Heart: May 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
Each week, Christians around the world observe the Lord's Supper. We are served small portions of unleavened bread and grape juice which symbolize Jesus' body and blood offered for our sins. Because we do this on a weekly basis, it has the potential to lose its impact on our hearts. One of the ways in… Continue reading From Sacrifice to Sovereign: April 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
Patience is something many want to receive, but few want to practice. Just imagine how awful it would be if the Lord did not extend patience to us! In Acts 6, Luke introduces us to a man named Stephen who was, "full of faith and the Holy Spirit" (Acts 6.5). He was willing to serve… Continue reading God’s Persistent Patience: Scripture Writing Plan March 2021
Last spring, in the middle of the pandemic, I needed a yearly physical. Somehow I made it into the doctor in the lull between the initial panic and the spike that was to come. After a quick evaluation of my paperwork (and noticing that I was "getting towards that age"), the doctor conducted an EKG… Continue reading A Spiritual EKG: February 2021 Scripture Writing Plan
For the majority of us, 2020 has been an unqualified disaster. Between destroyed plans and thwarted opportunities, we’ve all experienced some degree of loss. Some have even experienced the loss of a loved one. ou may be looking warily towards 2021, hoping it will be better but afraid of what’s coming. As you put 2020 in hindsight, take this opportunity to ground yourself in the Lord. If what you’ve been doing isn’t consistent, it's time to choose a different approach.
It's been a year---a difficult, aggravating, mind-boggling year. As we enter the holidays, we are weary and wary. More of us will be facing empty chairs either because of loss or simply because we are isolated. I am praying for each of us to be surrounded with the steadiness and consistency of God's love as we enter the winter months. Let's take this final month of the year to fix our minds and hearts on Jesus. I can think of no better way to close this year and approach the next than to meditate on Jesus.
"Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up." (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Because we live in this fallen world, we will have moments when we look back with sorrow and look around in worry. It's a natural reaction to the heartaches we face. When we first moved to West Texas, everyone was so friendly. Complete… Continue reading Faith Looks Up: Scripture Writing Plan November 2020
This month's scripture writingHebrews 11 is a star witness list. These individuals showed the impact of faith in a God who is Himself faithful. These witnesses weren't perfect people. In fact, the majority made some terrible mistakes in their lives. Their failures did not negate God's faithfulness, but magnified His mercy, faithfulness, and love even more powerfully.
Study Bibles can be immensely helpful whether you are unfamiliar with the Bible or have been studying for decades. The Halley's Study Bible incorporates the work of Henry H. Halley, author of Halley's Bible Handbook, with full-color maps, colorful photos of related archeological finds, verse-by-verse study notes, and a concordance.
You may not think we have a lot of reasons to rejoice in the mess that is 2020. However, if the writer of Philippians can write an entire letter of encouragement from a prison cell, can't we rejoice too? Don't you think our joy should be based on more than circumstances?