A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9) I’m a fairly down to earth guy. Blue jeans, untucked shirt, no expensive hobbies, no designer clothes... Just a regular guy. But a recent experience surprised me regarding my sense of...read more
Do you ever wonder what happened before time began? What went on before God created the universe as we know it? The Bible narrative begins with, “In the beginning,” so it stands to reason something happened before that starting point. Aside from the ever-crumbling...read more
I could have stopped the building from crumbling, kept him from dying a horrible, crushing, embarrassing death. With my power, I could have helped my human assignment escape his disastrous predicament. If only he would have fulfilled his potential. I am accustomed to...read more
When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7). We all desire more peace in our lives. After all, who wants daily doses of drama, discord, and discontentment? Additionally, no one wants enemies much less the...read more
Some men’s sins are clearly evident, preceding them to judgment, but those of some men follow later. Likewise, the good works of some are clearly evident, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden. (1 Timothy 5:24-25) “Just wait until your father gets home!” I...read more
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7) God wants to be pursued! To set the stage of this love affair, consider the enduring...read more
The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29) "I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV) God's calling and purpose reach people in every status, stage, and walk of life. God calls the Unqualified, Poor, and Uneducated We...read more
Welcome to 2019! Are you ready? As 2015 transitioned into 2016, I found my quiet time readings rather well-timed. As I once again completed reading through the Bible, sovereign progression brought me to several verses where Jesus gives the directive to “watch and...read more
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14) Being in something’s shadow usually requires close proximity to it. A tree’s shade provides me relief from...read more
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed. (Revelation 5:5) If you've ever seen a lion up close, you understand they are fiercesome yet majestic creatures. When you hear them roar, you know the sound signals their identities, their...read more
No one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. (1 Thessalonians 3:3-4) Instead of being surprised by adversity that comes as a result of our faith, expect and embrace it. Instead of hiding, watering down, trying to...read more
Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation." (Isaiah 28:16) The cornerstone must fit—squared, level, and aligned—perfectly. During a recent home improvement, I watched as...read more
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