Born Condemned 

John 3:18 reminds us of a wonderful resolution to a horrific reality. M Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.  M Jesus didn’t come to earth to condemn us…we were already that way […]

No Force Too Strong

I hope this poem is some comfort to those in the midst of difficult circumstances or pain.  Whether it’s those mourning the school shooting in south Florida earlier in February or others struggling with health or other issues. m While rescue may not come when or how we want, God’s promise to stay by our […]

Are we explorers or not?

Humans have an innate desire to explore and learn about the things that are important to us. Need to learn how to use the new Apple Watch?  Sure! Need to get your resume redone?  No problem. Need to plan a family vacation?  Absolutely. Need to learn about new players for your fantasy league?  Can do! […]

Where Peace Comes From

I don’t know about you but when I have a little extra money in the bank I experience a certain kind of feeling that is quite unique.  I feel a little lighter, a little bit freer, happier, more generous, safer, stronger, more at peace and more confident. I was thinking about this recently because I […]

Pant, Thirst and Cleave to You Oh God

As the deer pants for the water brook, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalm 42: 1-2 (NASB) ~~~~~ I heard a speaker at a men’s retreat once say that he wakes each morning and runs to the cross of Christ. He wakes up and runs, not walks, […]

What legacy will you leave?

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to […]

A Repentant Heart

On Good Friday the Christian world celebrates the good news of not having to bear the penalty of our own sinfulness toward God.  Thankfully, we did not get what we deserved for our rebellion against God.  Christ paid the price for our sin and became sin for us, so we could be restored to relational union with […]

The heart as the spring of life

To me, one of the most life-impacting verses in the Bible is Proverbs 4:23. “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV, bold added) To better illuminate this verse below are a few other translations: Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT) Watch over your […]

Our Impenetrable High Tower

HIGH GROUND  For thousands of years armies have used high ground to their advantage in battle….to both defend and conquer territory. In The Art of War Sun Tzus recommends that military leaders take high ground and let the enemy try to attack from a lower position. High ground offers a wide field of view, enabling surveillance of the surrounding […]

23rd Psalm – The Shepherd’s Hand

The 23rd Psalm is possibly the best-known chapter of the Bible. It’s only 6 verses and 109 words yet for thousands of years it’s provided penetrating comfort to hurting and worried people around the world. In just the first five words, “the Lord is my Shepherd”, there is a profusion of strength and hope. The […]