Experiencing God

As we live each day it is easy to become engulfed in day-to-day issues. This list can be extensive; health, financial, marriage, raising children, job-related issues, loneliness, depression, anxiety, etc. It can be one or more of these issues, all operating at the same time. These situations can become so overwhelming that we think that…

The Heart of the Matter

In the midst of all the hate and division in our culture, where is your heart as a believer? Is it wrapped up in ideologies, cultural basis, political party affiliations, or the scriptures? One of the many things I admire about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech was not just to stop racial prejudice, but also…

In Times Like These

When we add the last couple of weeks to most of last year it may cause us to raise our hands and signal “time out.”  No matter what our political persuasions are, lives have been lost for months; lives lost as a result of an angry mob.  Consequently, unnecessary loss of life can create a…

Happy New Year to Everyone!

Sometimes as we begin the New Year, we pray for our circumstances to be better.  If the past year had many struggles, we celebrate the beginning of a New Year praying those difficulties would not return.  This is true especially when those difficulties created emotional stress, mental anguish, and led to physical exhaustion. Those experiences…

Loving Our Neighbor with God’s Love

Fundamental to everything God created is the need for us to love one another.  It defines who genuinely loves God (Matthew 22:36-40), who is a true disciples of Christ (John 13:34-35), and who walks in the light and who walks in darkness (1 John 1:5-7; 2:9-10). That love determines whether or not our prayers are…

Overcoming the Attacks of Satan – Part 1

Suppose you had been house hunting in a development of new homes, and when you found an empty one you tried to get into it.  If the house was full, occupied by people, you wouldn’t dare try to get in.  That’s exactly what Satan does.  He looks for vacuums.  He looks for empty houses.  They…

Benefiting from Difficult Relationships By Following Christ

Relationships can be difficult to the point that we do everything we can to avoid them.  We do our best to find people that we click with, rather than interact with anyone God puts in our path.  I believe this is what Christ had in mind when He said “love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Matthew…

God’s Faithfulness

Does God’s faithfulness surprise you, encourage you, strengthen you, give you hope or does the intensity of trials make you questions whether or not God cares?                 The hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” was written by Thomas Chisholm, who was born Lincoln-like in a log cabin in Kentucky.  As a young adult, he was converted…

Battle for the Mind

Sometimes our worst enemy is our mind.  We have so many thoughts racing through the mind that can create fears that inhibit us, speculations that can send our thoughts in so many directions, thoughts of not being good enough or a lot of persistent problems that can lead some people to feeling depressed and overwhelmed. …