Faithful are the Oracles of God

Ever wonder what is the point of all the difficulties a believer faces when pushing back darkness? While navigating through struggles, unpleasant experiences, trying relationships, and anticipating the challenges we see ahead, it is easy to wonder if fulfilling responsibilities and maintaining Godly attitudes have meaningful impacts and lasting consequences. Being holy and loving inContinue reading “Faithful are the Oracles of God”

The Believer’s Eternal Rewards

It’s interesting to listen to people discuss what they value and watch the excitement on their faces.  I especially enjoy watching children unwrap presents with great anticipation.  Friends, 1st Corinthians 2:9-10 says (and I am paraphrasing) that eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, nor hearts dreamed of the great things that God has preparedContinue reading “The Believer’s Eternal Rewards”

Dress Code in Effect

Why do we feel that everything is negotiable? When invited to a wedding, is the invited permitted to determine the date, time, venue, and nuptial garments? Certainly, those invited have a choice to determine whether they will attend, they make preparations to journey to the ceremonial site, and they make the effort to get there.  ButContinue reading “Dress Code in Effect”

Two Kingdoms, Two Women, One War

Spiritual warfare comes to every believer regardless of how we react; it is unavoidable. With believers dedicating so much effort to walking in love and living quiet, peaceable lives, some might wonder why battles find them. It seems to me that as long as we are living in this body, battles will come looking for usContinue reading “Two Kingdoms, Two Women, One War”

Relationship Test

Have you ever experienced a period in your life with competing objectives that occupied far too much mental real estate? Admittedly, over the past few weeks, I have allowed distractions to crowd my mind and deprive me of the refreshing joy and peace found in my relationship with the LORD. People in all walks ofContinue reading “Relationship Test”

Out of the World!

Have you ever met a know-it-all? Interestingly enough, usually, this sort does not know that they do not know. Unfortunately, during my youth, I did whatever pleased me. Although the LORD surrounded me with people who tried to warn me of the world’s dangers, I remember thinking its traps could not catch me because IContinue reading “Out of the World!”

Marked “Pre-Paid, For Pickup”

Lately, we have been doing a great deal of our shopping online. Whether we have opted for delivery or curbside pick up, we deliberately: chose items; determined how we would possess them; and, then paid in advance. This purchase activity at a macro-level represents a process description of what the Almighty God did when HeContinue reading “Marked “Pre-Paid, For Pickup””

Covenant Love’s Eternal Resolve

Can God do anything He wants to do? Are there things that God cannot do? The answer to both questions is yes! You might think these statements contradict themselves, but I don’t think so. God does not want to act in opposition to His character, and as such, He cannot. So the question is if God can,Continue reading “Covenant Love’s Eternal Resolve”

Covenant Love Overcomes All

I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. … For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the LORD? … The heavens are Yours, the earth alsoContinue reading “Covenant Love Overcomes All”

What the Chosen do with Scars

Do you regret things you have said or done? I have memories that sometimes I wish I could erase. We all have! Regret isn’t merely an outcome of consequences. Certainly some regret comes from our poor decisions while others are imposed on us from another’s actions. For believers, regret can be an indication of growth; itContinue reading “What the Chosen do with Scars”