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  It was the Day of Preparation of Passover week, and the Roman governor, Pilate, stood above the Jews asking the question that would seal the fate of two men. He asked the gathered crowd, … more
Our culture thrives on self-help. No matter what we desire to improve, there’s a book we can read, a podcast we can listen to, a video we can watch, and no end to experts on any subject … more
Since I needed a stronger prescription for my glasses, I took my script to a mall vision center that was running a tremendous sale. The woman picked out some frames she thought would look nice on me, … more
Failing does not make you a failure. We all fail, make mistakes, fall short and miss the mark. We’ve all made poor choices and given into temptation. No matter how many times we’ve … more
God has always been very faithful to provide for our needs. From the time He put our broken family back together to this very day, He has never let us down. One of the first things we learned when we … more
Everything we read about the life of Jesus Christ speaks of His humility – from His birth in a stable to His burial in a borrowed tomb. Jesus is God Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. He is … more
While cleaning out a closet recently, I came across a large shoe box full of letters from many friends who I’ve corresponded with through the years. Since I’m trying to get rid of things … more
Have you ever fought against God or His word? Many throughout history have, such as the prophet Jonah. God told him to go to the wicked city of Ninevah to proclaim if they didn’t repent, He … more
Obedience has gotten a bad rap. From the time we are babies, we are told we must obey those who are over us. It conjures up a negative reaction, as most of the time it requires that we fight against … more
Have you ever experienced breakthrough and healing in an area that has plagued you forever, only to find weeks, months or years down the road, you feel like you’re right back where you started? … more
I love to see the sun shining on water or ice and the sparkles it makes. They are so beautiful! A couple months ago I heard a message about sparkles on the water. When the clouds cover the sun, we … more
As I was recently gazing at my display of little sleds that I put up for Christmas each year, I was reminded of something that happened many years ago. In one of the sleds is a tiny paper box I made … more
The season of Advent began on December 1 and will continue through Christmas. This is meant to be a time of anticipation and expectant waiting, a time of prayer and self-reflection, to prepare us for … more
We like to believe that we are in control of our lives. If we make the right choices, things should go the way we planned. However, no matter how well we live our lives, there really aren’t too … more
We have all heard the saying, “Children are to be seen and not heard.” Many of us have been raised with this mindset, going back many generations. Children have not been given the value … more
We all need a friend. We all need someone we can trust to be there for us when the rest of the world walks out. We need someone to encourage us and lift us up when all looks hopeless. We need someone … more
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This little saying is simply not true. I imagine the person who first said it was greatly hurt by the words of … more
Anyone who has ever used GPS understands what rerouting means. It means you’ve missed the turn they told you to take and now you’re being rerouted to get back on the right track. If … more
I recently heard a teaching by Lysa TerKeurst taken from her book Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. It was a lesson taken from Matthew 5:3-9, known as the Beatitudes, that I want to share today. Lysa … more
When we look at the world around us and at the circumstances in our own lives and families, it can all look very discouraging. Discouragement seems to be at epidemic levels because of everything we … more
In the last column I shared about digging deeper before judging others by what we see or hear about them, since things are not always as they seem. When we know the truth about others, it can greatly … more
Many times we judge people and circumstances by what we see or hear on the surface level. We form opinions according to our perspective or experiences, or we listen to what other people have heard … more
The word surrender means to cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority. We picture being in a battle where the enemy has someone surrounded. They may say, “Come out … more
I have always been plagued by the distraction of busyness. I was reminded of two word pictures the Lord gave me years ago to better understand how these were affecting my life. In the first … more
Many of us live in comfort zones. We like our comfort zones because they are so comfortable. They are familiar to us, making it easy to live there. They don’t require much thought or effort as … more
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