Awesome!

It has become a colloquial word; one that is habitually used throughout each day among Christians and non-Christians alike. It is used to describe anything from the behavior of children, and weekend garage sale finds, to food eaten at our favorite restaurant. But however the word is used, Christians must be reminded that the adjective…

Love, the Law!

Psalm 119:92: “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.”   King David said he would have died IF God’s law had not been his delight; his joy! What about us? Are we held under the same conditions as the man after God’s own heart?Being under the new…

Daniel: A Seeker! {2 of 7}

This is chapter 2 from my devotional titled: “Greatly Beloved.” A Seeker “Daniel went to his house, and made the [king’s] decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven…” (Daniel 2:18) Background: It was the second year of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. The king was…

‘What Can Man Do to Me?’

Psalm 118:6: “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” When I was young I was afraid of strangers–especially ones breaking into our home at night. I am positive that I would desperately (and often) elicit comforting words from my mother regarding such devastating possibilities. Although I…

Untouched Stones!

 “”Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her””  (John 8:7). In the first eleven verses of John 8, the apostle John recorded a brief, but powerful account involving Jesus, a woman and certain scribes and Pharisees. From his account, we learn that a woman was…

Transformed!

Metamorphosis is not only a large word that is fun to say, but the process it defines is intriguing. One writer explained the word simply as “a process of major changes that allow [the species] to develop properly”¹. The phrase, ‘develop properly,’ is interesting because we are reminded that the process of metamorphosis does not change the…

God’s Providential Care

To my mom, with love ❤ She had aggressive cancer raging through her body. We all knew her physical life would end soon. But if my mother knew my sister had less than a week to live, she would not have taken her. It was the last Saturday in the month of July in the year…

Teachers and The Peanuts Gang!

There is a place I go each weekday; it’s a place that I have made my own. Colorful student displays and motivational posters cover the otherwise naked walls. It’s a quiet place until 9:20, when students begin passing through the opening of concretable #7. Their laughter is innocent; their smiles, pure. Many of the 115…

Daniel: Purposeful and Brave {1 of 7}

This is chapter 1 from my devotional titled: “Greatly Beloved.” “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8). Background:  Daniel, whose…

Having a Mind to Work!

Living in a country where “freedom” of ______ (seemingly everything, right) is desired—even demanded, how do you think people would react to a person publicly confronting others about their life of sin by hitting them—and pulling out their hair!? We all know it would not go well—at all! Although not a perfect parallel, in the…

Letters on a Page!

Hebrews 4:13: “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” In truth, we all are like individual letters on the page of a large open book: side by side and fully exposed! No matter how hard we…

Bountifully Blessed!

2 Corinthians 9:6: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” This is a true story. I am not telling it today to be prideful–God knows. It is not written in my familiar format or style, but that’s okay. I don’t tell it much, but I…

God’s Subject?

Our sons enjoy science; biology is their favorite branch. They often discuss the densely diverse subject with their dad. Every once in awhile they try to draw me in; I pretend to join them, but don’t have a clue what they are talking about. One of our sons has mentioned several times that biology (the…