I am weary from my groaning; with my tears I dampen my bed and drench my couch every night.Psalm 6:6, Christian Standard Bible You'll notice as you read through the Psalms that the Holy Spirit, as he inspired David and other writers, did not shy away from the sometimes raw nature of human emotion. Life… Continue reading Weariness- Psalm 6 (Psalm Saturday)
Luke 8 opens with a scene from Jesus' traveling ministry. He went from one place to another "preaching and telling the good news of the kingdom of God." With him were the Twelve, the apostles--his constant traveling companions for the better part of three years. Also with him were a group of women, three who… Continue reading Supporting the Mission
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them shout for joy forever. May you shelter them, and may those who love your name boast about you.Psalm 5:11, Christian Standard Bible Where do you turn when your world seems to be falling apart? David's heart was heavy when he wrote Psalm 5. He… Continue reading Trust – Psalm 5 (Psalm Saturday)
John the Baptist paved the way for Jesus' ministry with a brief ministry of his own. As people came to be baptized by him, he preached a message calling them to repent before judgment came upon them. In response to hearing his message, they asked: What then should we do?Luke 3:10 John went on to… Continue reading What Then Should We Do?
Older men are to be self-controlled, worthy of respect, sensible, and sound in faith, love, and endurance... In the same way, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.Titus 2:2, 6 In Titus 2, Paul encouraged Titus to "proclaim things consistent with sound teaching" (2:1). This meant, among other things, Titus was to encourage the older… Continue reading Generational Encouragement
Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.Psalm 4:1, Christian Standard Bible Prayer is relationship. Two people are friends or family or lovers. How does their relationship grow? There are acts of kindness and the giving of gifts, but there also… Continue reading Cry Out – Psalm 4 (Psalm Saturday)
We've heard the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." It is a saying that reminds to avoid hypocrisy and pursue integrity. The life of Jesus was one where actions and words melded together seamlessly. As his followers, we won't have such perfection in this life, but we're to aim in our spiritual growth to repent… Continue reading Actions Speak
Walk through a graveyard. Gaze at the headstones. On almost every one there will be carved two dates with a dash in between. That dash tells a story. It is a story of love and hurt, of joy and pain, of adventure and stillness. For most people in most graveyards, a generation or two removed,… Continue reading What legacy will you leave?
I lie down and sleep; I wake again because the Lord sustains me.Psalm 3:5, Christian Standard Bible Of the moments of life, we are most vulnerable as we sleep. When we are asleep, we cannot see what is coming. When we are asleep, enemies can sneak up on us. In a way then, every night… Continue reading Confidence- Psalm 3 (Psalm Saturday)
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.1 Timothy 6:9 Don't long to be rich. Life, after all, is not about money. He who dies with the biggest house and nicest car still dies. And you can't take… Continue reading Don’t long for wealth