4 Manifestations of God’s Favor Toward Us

4 Manifestations of God’s Favor Toward Us

But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the Lord our God (Ezra 9:8, ESV) God’s grace is constant; His favor is conditional to obedience and His periodic opportunities. The prophet Ezra mourned the Israelites’ deplorable conditions. “O my God, I am too...
God – Giver, Taker, or Both?

God – Giver, Taker, or Both?

I (God) have removed my protection and my peace from them—taken away my loving-kindness and my mercies. (Jeremiah 16:5, TLB / parenthesis added) Yes, God gives bountiful blessings and favor; yet, He also removes. Job lost everything in one day, then remarked, “The...
Three Days Later

Three Days Later

His death was agonizing. A more vicious, inhumane demise was unimaginable. Yet, it happened as destined. With his last breath, as spirit separated from broken body, he whooshed through a darkened vortex of time engulfed by eternity. He landed in front of a formidable,...
When God Demands the Difficult

When God Demands the Difficult

“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27) Has God ever asked you to do something difficult? Like stepping out in faith or surrendering something precious? When confronted with such dilemmas, we face the choice of...
4 Ways to Defeat Low Self-Esteem

4 Ways to Defeat Low Self-Esteem

I recently read a fascinating book titled You Can Read Anyone by David J. Lieberman (Copyright 2007, MJF Books). It divulges some of the tactics used by government profilers to determine behaviors and mindsets of people they interrogate. As we might presume, a...