• An encounter with the living God

    “Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations”—James 1:2 (AMPC). A friend recently posted the following on social media: “One encounter with God can change your whole life.” She added, “I’ve personally experienced many God encounters that created a 180-degree change […]

  • Finding God’s Peace in the Unplanned Moments

    “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world”— John 16:33 (ESV). A recent trip to the zoo with our youngest granddaughter was more memorable than we’d anticipated. We expected to experience the sights and […]

  • Has your faith been shaken?

    “All of creation will be shaken and removed so that only unshakable things will remain”—Hebrews 12:27 (NLT). It was 1987 when I learned Oklahoma has a series of fault lines running through our state. When I heard this, I laughed in disbelief at the agent who was promoting earthquake insurance. I associated earthquakes with California, […]

  • What is the Whole World Talking About?

    “And His name shall be the hope of all the world”–Matthew 12:21 (TLB). How many times have you heard television news anchors excitedly announce, “The whole world is talking about…” And then, they mention the name of a famous personality. The news might be about a music idol, a TV reality star, a pro sports […]

  • Everything is possible for one who believes

    “Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”—Mark 9:24(NIV) Nana, have you always believed in God?” When my seven-year-old grandson asked this question, I didn’t have to reach far into the recesses of my almost 59-year-old memory for the answer. I replied, “Yes.” I can’t recall a time when I […]

  • Having a Christ-like Attitude

    “Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had”—Philippians 2:5 (GW). As a former high school teacher, I recall students who had a good attitude and those who had bad attitudes. It was often challenging to be nice to the ones with the latter. However, that still, small voice always reminded me I didn’t know what […]

  • When You Need Rest, Seek Jesus

    “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”— Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV). Deafening […]

  • Loving Your Neighbor as Yourself

    “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This […]

  • Encourage One Another to Grow Stronger in Faith

    “So, encourage each other and help each other grow stronger in faith, just as you are already doing”— 1 Thessalonians 5:11(ERV). Meeting over lunch with a Christian friend, I wanted to encourage her during her time of uncertainty and need. She’d lost her job and was now working at our church as the senior pastor’s […]

  • Prayer is Our Most Powerful Weapon

    “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer”— Romans 12:12 (ESV). How often do we find ourselves helpless in a situation, then throw up our hands and give up? Some might say, “All we can do now is pray.” I’ve found myself saying that at times. Quickly, however, I’m reminded by a […]