Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;his going out is sure as the dawn;he will come to us as the showers,as the spring rains that water the earth.Hosea 6.3, ESV Completing a course of study does not make one an "expert" on that subject; it simply makes a person more knowledgable in that subject.… Continue reading Seek and You Shall Find: Scripture Writing Plan August 2022
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”Matthew 5:17-18 ESV Throughout… Continue reading Prophesied & Fulfilled: Scripture Writing Plan June 2022
"You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fullness of joy;at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."Psalm 16.11 The scripture speaks frequently about the hand of God--in particular, it speaks of the "right hand of God." This phrase and those similar to it are used in both the Old and New Testaments. What… Continue reading At the Right Hand of God: Scripture Writing Plan March 2022
Quarantine... A second Great Depression... An unpredictable virus... In my short lifetime, I've never seen such a wave of gloomy news. It's quite easy to get overwhelmed and anxious these days. You don't even have to be an avid headline scanner; being in isolation is enough. Even though our problems are likely worse than we… Continue reading Awesome God: May 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
"Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.... they are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful." Mark 4.7, 18-19,… Continue reading The Danger of Apathy
"I" problems are nothing new.
There's a lot of discussion regarding the "I" problems among Christians today, particularly in a culture still learning to navigate social media. So much emphasis is placed numbers---number of likes, number followers, number of shares, dollars earned, etc. The "self" focus has become even more pervasive. It's slipping into Christian music and books. It's becoming deeply ingrained in church culture, particularly in America.
It's time to shift our focus.
Who or what is your “safe place”?
Who or what gives you a sense of security?
It’s easy to pay lip service to God while we place our trust in earthly supports.
Romantic love is splendid, but its presence or absence does not determine our value.
Romantic love is euphoric, but only lasts for a short time.
Romantic love is beautiful, but it pales in comparison to the love of God.
For the month of February, our Scripture Writing Plan will focus on the love of God because there is no greater love than His.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lordin the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27.13-14, ESV I typically try to limit my consumption of "the news" because being prone to depression, it interferes with my ability to… Continue reading When All the News is Bad News
Beth Moore set off a hot debate this week when she wrote, "spending time with God and spending time with the Bible are not the same thing... we can grow in facts and never grow a whit in faith." I'm not familiar with Moore's work, and I don't want to spend this post criticizing… Continue reading How do we Spend Time With God?