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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 […]

The Dangers of Blind Faith

For many, God’s love remains a theory. We’ve heard about it. We quote Scriptures about it. We may even try to will ourselves to believe in it. But John invites us to move beyond blind faith in God’s love. He challenges us to see it.

Love Bears All Things

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24 We all long for love, and we think we understand it. We’ve felt its pull binding our hearts to another and think we know. We […]

Save Now, Jesus!

And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”Mark 11:9-10 We come alive in pivotal moments. Our souls sense the rise of a changing tide and are quick to […]

God is Doing a New Thing!

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 NIV Hello, dear one. It’s been five months since I last opened the Scriptures with you. I can hardly believe that time has flown so quickly! I’ve missed […]

When God Says Rest

So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. Hebrews 4:9-10 Two years ago, after a women’s conference at my home church, I had the opportunity to share a word of encouragement with the speaker. […]