Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Cleansing Water and Refining Fire

Everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.  (Numbers 31:23, NKJV) Water purifies by cleansing; fire purifies by refining. Different purification methods are...
A New Creation

A New Creation

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  (2 Corinthians 5:17 ) We slept in the barn —where horse manure, pigeon droppings, and water damage used to be. Larry and Denise —dear friends of...
Pull out Those Bitter Roots

Pull out Those Bitter Roots

Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives .(Hebrews 12:15, TLB) Have you ever been around people so bitter you could feel their corrosiveness pouring out of them? Their...
Never Settle

Never Settle

As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God.  (Psalm 42:1) The absence of bad does not equate to good. After sampling new cuisine, I sometimes say, “That’s not bad.” This can mean I either enjoyed it or tolerated it. But there’s a big...
Silence

Silence

The fruit of [God’s] righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (Isaiah 32:17) Silence is golden—except on an elevator. There must be an unwritten rule somewhere that prohibits talking in elevators. An uneasy, awkward...
God Wants to Know – Part 7

God Wants to Know – Part 7

When Jesus saw him lying there … he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Picture yourself walking through a hospital, surrounded by sick, hurting and scared people. Some have been recently admitted; others have been there days, possibly weeks. Now imagine...