Power-Play in the Church

"But I am among you as the one who serves." -Our Lord Jesus, as recorded in Luke 22:27 Power-brokers, power-mongers, and power-players run our world. To some degree or another, most of us have come to accept that power-play is just part of living life in a fallen and corrupted world. We anticipate finding power-brokers in... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness Empowering Grace

We all know that we MUST forgive those that have hurt us. The Lord requires that we forgive our enemies; that we forgive the people that have injured us (Matthew 6:14; Colossians 3:13). We must forgive as we are forgiven. That is what we, Christians, believe; that is what we, Christians, pray (Luke 11:4). If... Continue Reading →

Praying the Gospel

I once heard a message given by Jerry Bridges on the importance of preaching the gospel to one's self. I had never really thought much about the idea before hearing his message. He talked about the importance of keeping in the front of our minds the truth that we are accepted by God solely on... Continue Reading →

Knowing Jesus

"And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."  John 17:3 The new life that God has called Christians to walk in is an eternal life, which consists of knowing God. We cannot know God without knowing Christ. It is by faith in Jesus... Continue Reading →

An Acronym for HUMBLE

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you…” 1 Peter 5:6 Acronyms help me remember things that I should remember- but that I sometimes too easily forget. Being humble, or having a humble-mind, as Scripture commands the believer to have (1 Peter 3:8), is... Continue Reading →

A Ten-Fold Plea for Faith

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  (Mark 9:24 ESV). It can be hard to believe God when we feel hurt, disappointed, or maligned by those that we have trusted. Here is a ten-fold plea for faith for unexpected seasons of suffering and affliction of this kind.... Continue Reading →

My Deepest Desire

"My deepest desire is that as a woman created in the image of God, redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, baptized into the assembly of the Firstborn by the blessed Holy Spirit, sanctified by the Same in the Word of truth, I will magnify the supremacy, beauty, excellence, and holiness of God in... Continue Reading →

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

  The following invocation is commonly referred to as “Saint Patrick’s Breastplate". It is supposed that Patrick wrote it and prayed it for himself on his missionary endeavor to Ireland around A.D. 433. I often pray through his ‘breastplate’ on behalf of myself and my family as I start my day. I think that it... Continue Reading →

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