Preparing for Messiah

I see him, but not here and now. I perceive him, but far in the distant future. A star will rise from Jacob; a scepter will emerge from Israel. Numbers 24:17 NLT Let’s take a look at the Christmas story through the eyes of the Magi. Have you ever wondered about the wise men, who they were and how they recognized THE star that pointed to Jesus’ birth? Who were the wise men? We get […]

Jesus–Hope of the World

4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. 5 God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. 6 And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Galatians 4:4-6 We all know […]

Encountering Jesus

Jesus got into the boat again and went back to the other side of the lake, where a large crowd gathered around him on the shore. Then a leader of the local synagogue, whose name was Jairus, arrived. When he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet, pleading fervently with him. “My little daughter is dying,” he said.. “Please come and lay your hands on her; heal her so she can live.” Jesus went with […]

Your love, O God

Your love, O Eternal One, towers high into the heavens. Even the skies are lower than Your faithfulness. Your justice is like the majestic mountains. Your judgments are as deep as the oceans, and yet in Your greatness, You, O Eternal, offer life for every person and animal. Your strong love, O True God, is precious. All people run for shelter under the shadow of Your wings. In Your house, they eat and are full […]

Your Love Defends Me

I will sing about your strength. In the morning I will sing about your love. You are my defender, my place of safety in times of trouble. God, my strength, I will sing praises to you. God, my defender, you are the God who loves me. Psalm 59:16-17 NCV Have you ever heard the lyrics of a song and thought how well they described your life? I heard a new song this week by Matt […]

Passion for God

1 O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. 2 I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. 3 Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! 4 I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my […]

How to be an anchor in the storm

One of the reasons a battered woman is finally able to leave an abusive relationship is because she has someone who acts as her anchor in the storm. “For a battered woman, having an anchor can mean the difference between helplessness and empowerment to work toward a solution,” says Susan Brewster, author of “To be an Anchor in the Storm.” She compares the role of friends and relatives of battered women to the anchor of […]

Roller Coaster Relationships

When I was just a brave, young lass of 9 or 10 years old, my grandmother took me and my two younger brothers to a country carnival. Since I was the older and wiser sibling, I decided to show my brothers how to conquer the scary rides with fearless abandon. The first ride was a roller coaster called “The Wild Mouse.” Even though we were the only customers in line, we convinced the carny man […]

Beautifully Broken

12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and […]