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...
Transforming a Troubled Mind

Transforming a Troubled Mind

What troubles your mind today? What distressing thoughts or concerns are stealing your peace and joy? Poor self-image? Negative self-defeatism? A wayward child? A prodigal past? Unanswered prayers? God’s silence in the midst of your storms? Job stress or possible...
Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

Let’s Paint a Masterpiece

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.(Ephesians 2:10, NLT) We are all brushstrokes in God’s overall masterpiece. Admittedly, I’m no artist. At best, I can conjure up some...