Monthly Blog Archives: December 2017

Get Your Head Out of the Past and Into Tomorrow

Get Your Head Out of the Past and Into Tomorrow

“This is what the LORD says — he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 The last day of the year is a good time to reflect on those events, people, and circumstances that have had the greatest impact on our lives. Unexpected changes. Biggest challenges. Losses and setbacks. Victories. Is your life a […]

When Christian Service Encounters Trouble

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 In today’s focus text, Jesus speaks to His disciples about what life, in His service, would be like once He had returned to the Father. “In this world you will have trouble.” He didn’t say “you might have trouble.” Jesus said, “You will have trouble.” It’s inevitable. When you are serious about obedience to the Lord and committed to doing His work, you will encounter resistance from the enemy. It […]

Words of Comfort in Your Time of Need

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”- John 14:1-3 “Don’t worry. Everything will be OK.” How often we hear those words from our friends when we are anxious, disappointed, discouraged, hurting, or grieving. We appreciate their concern and […]

Jesus’ Reliable Promise to Give Rest for the Weary

Jesus’ Reliable Promise to Give Rest for the Weary

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Can you think of a time in your life when you were worry free? I can only remember one short period with no major concerns. That was in the late 1970s when I took what I thought was my dream job in Tampa, Florida. But I soon discovered that with greater income came a heavier weight of responsibility. Life’s burdens sometimes take us to the breaking point causing us to think we can’t go on. Our minds become overloaded with complex problems and […]

Christian Service Comes with Benefits

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:1-2 One of the most important criteria for a job is… benefits. Even a sorry employment situation is made tolerable if it comes with a good benefits package. We are comforted by the knowledge we won’t be hit with enormous medical bills, and we are putting something away for the future. Good benefits give us peace-of-mind. Today’s selected text begins with words of praise and concludes with the reminder, “forget not all his benefits.” […]

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