Can You Hear Your Alarm?

Can You Hear Your Alarm?

Do not quench the Spirit.  (1 Thessalonians 5:19 ) I awoke unusually refreshed, and the daylight seemed brighter than normal. I stretched comfortably, enjoying my sheet’s softness and warmth. Then panic set in as I realized I had overslept—on a workday.Snatching my...
What’s Choking Your Harvest?

What’s Choking Your Harvest?

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mark 4:18-19). Is something choking your spiritual life? In the...
How to Avoid Sin’s Deceptive Grasp

How to Avoid Sin’s Deceptive Grasp

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) The little bird grew up in the...
The Problem with Unconditional Love

The Problem with Unconditional Love

For God so loved the world… (John 3:16) The problem with unconditional love is the tendency to take it for granted. If I have to behave a certain way or do certain things to deserve the love I receive, I will undoubtedly try harder to please the one who loves me. But...
Lessons From a Hot Iron

Lessons From a Hot Iron

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16, NKJV) Mom taught me how to iron clothes. Since we had no television while I was growing up, Saturday mornings usually found me ironing the...
Don’t Hide Your Pride

Don’t Hide Your Pride

Lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (1 Timothy 3:6) If you believe pride and arrogance are just small character flaws or unique idiosyncrasies of your personality, you may wish to rethink that. I’m not referring to pride in...