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Daring to Hope

I love Christmas. It’s always been my very favorite time of year.

Don’t get me wrong. If we’re talking about weather, summer wins. No question. Warm breezes, cookouts, and sunshine beat the gray winter doldrums any day.

But Christmas to me was never about the weather. It was about the feeling.

Grateful for Fellowship

We need each other. As much as we may like to think we can handle things ourselves, scripture teaches that we need one another. God Himself declared His thoughts on the matter in Genesis 2:18 after forming Adam from the earth’s dust.

The Narrow Way to Victory

I wonder if you can sense the magnitude of what’s happening in our days. This turmoil isn’t just about our nation. The atmosphere itself expresses the increasing spiritual tension building in the heavenlies. Good versus evil. Life opposing death. Love rising to conquer fear.

Living in Denial

Self-denial isn’t something we really like to talk about. Our enemy has convinced us to fear it, so we naturally resist it. But he has a reason for influencing us toward self-preservation. If we do not diligently—purposefully—resolve to deny our flesh, we will end up denying Christ.

Breaking the Power of the Law

I wonder if you’ve noticed that the harder you try not to do something, the more you want to. Anyone who’s ever tried to diet knows what I’m talking about. The more we tell our flesh it can’t have something, the stronger its insistence that we need it.

Exposing the Truth

For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17 I grew up in Bible-believing, Baptist churches. They taught me that the words etched on the pages of Scripture set the foundation on which I should live. I learned that obeying those words pleases God and earns His blessing. The other half of that […]

Don’t be Fooled by False Evidence

And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” Genesis 37:33 On March 7, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an island in the Caribbean to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Some dear friends joined us for their 30th, and we enjoyed […]

Empowered Through Connection

…holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God. Colossians 1:19 We live in a world gone mad. Accusation and judgment hang in the air around us, dividing and isolating us from one another as we submit […]

Come to the Table

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5 You and I have a natural desire to run from danger. We’d rather our enemies stay at a nice safe distance, preferably out of sight where we can convince ourselves they don’t exist. And we […]

How Does God See You?

He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me. Psalm 18:19 It’s amazing how God can be so intimately personal, even in a crowd. Last year I attended a conference with a few leaders from my local church. The invitation had come in a season of tremendous weariness […]