Whether you are reveling in the joys of this season, or (like me) struggle with the limited sunlight and pressures accompanying Christmas, it is my sincere hope that this focus on a joyful heart will uplift you this month. We have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus, and that knowledge should sustain us through whatever griefs or delights we endure in this life.
"What is truth?" This rather deep question was asked by a Roman Governor over two thousand years ago, named Pontius Pilate. It's difficult to determine from the text if Pilate was asking the question sarcastically or pensively, but as someone once pointed out, the truth was standing right in front of Him---namely Jesus Christ. People… Continue reading The Trouble With Truth
God's timing rarely makes sense to us when we feel stuck in a holding pattern, or while we are waiting on Him to answer our pleas. God's timing rarely makes sense as we gape, open-mouthed at the swift decline of morality in our world. God's timing rarely makes sense to our limited mind, but it always makes sense to the perfect mind of God.
Why on earth should I memorize Bible scriptures if I can just look it up? Nearly all the information I could possibly want is at my fingertips--quite literally. Memorization seems an outmoded system in our all-access information age, but what would happen if we lost connection? How would we remember those valuable ancient words? There… Continue reading How to Memorize Long Scriptures
Today is the 100th day of 2018! It's hard to believe we are almost one-third of the way into what was a new year! Many entered the New Year resolved to start a bible reading plan. If this was your goal, how's it going? It's important to remember that reading the Bible isn't about patting ourselves… Continue reading Don’t Forget… to Stay in the Word.
Recently, I was having a nice chat with a friend of mine when she admitted to struggling with regular Bible study. She read her Bible daily but said she rarely sat down to dig deeper. She asked me, "How do you study and stick with it?" What an excellent question! Studying the scripture on our… Continue reading How to Get Started (or Re-started) With Personal Bible Study
This is part 3 of the series "Why are you making excuses?" To read the previous post, click here. This is a tale of two kings---two very real kings---from ancient Israel. Both kings made a choice to sin. Both received punishment for their sins. Both made apologies to God. Only one chose repentance. Our first King… Continue reading Does God Need Us to Make Excuses for our Sin?
Many people begin the year intending to read their Bible in a year, eventually fizzling out around Leviticus or March. Daily Bible Reading is not always easy to maintain as this habit can be upset by dramatic changes to your daily routine. So how do we get into the word and remain in it daily?… Continue reading How to Stick to Daily Bible Reading
In the classic children’s game of Chutes and Ladders, the object of the game is to be the first player to reach the finish line. Each player rolls the die to move forward, hoping to avoid the chutes—which slide your game piece downward—or land on ladders—which bring your piece nearer to the finish line. Controlling… Continue reading Renew Your Mind With the Elevating 8
My biggest surprise in learning how to drive was how much I had to do to keep the car going straight. This might sound funny to you, but I didn't realize why it was necessary to keep your hands on the wheel while going in a straight line. I just thought people did that in case they need to turn or veer away from an obstacle. Go ahead. Laugh. It was a pretty ridiculous assumption.