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.
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?
"What is truth?" These days, the truth is rather elusive, isn't it? We've got people shouting on all sides that they absolutely are telling the truth, but since they aren't saying the same thing, we've got to ask, "who is telling the truth?" Unfortunately, if you question someone's truth claim these days, (particularly regarding the… Continue reading The Light of Truth: August 2020 Scripture Writing Plan
This month's scripture writing will focus on aspects of freedom in Christ---how we are set free, freedom from "the Law of Sin and death," and freedom that demands responsibility.
Webster's defines diligence as, "steady, earnest, and energetic effort : persevering application." Are we giving a "steady, earnest, and energetic effort" to serving the Lord? Do we steadily, earnestly, and energetically study His Word? Or, do we need to be more disciplined? Anyone who has trained for marathons or performed memorized solo work in music will tell you that it demands regular, disciplined effort. If our desire is to live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father, this too demands diligence.
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
The present crisis grips us with uncertainty. Some fear a loss of freedom. Others fear poverty and/or illness. All of us are waiting to see the outcome. The unknown stimulates fear. Because fear has such a foothold in our world, it is imperative---whether we live in peacetime or pandemic---to grow in our knowledge of God.… Continue reading Fear Not: April 2020 Scripture Writing Plan