Category Archives: Encouragement

Grace and Mercy for Your Time of Need

Grace and Mercy for Your Time of Need

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16 Yesterday, we looked at what it means to pray according to God’s will. And in 1 John 5:14, we learned that we can approach God in confidence, which is echoed in the opening words of our focus text. How exciting to think we are invited to meet with God who waits for us on His throne of grace. Grace is God’s unmerited favor, which means that we’re not granted permission to bring our concerns […]

How to Pray According to God’s Will

How to Pray According to God’s Will

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14 On yesterday’s evening news, I saw a story in which the President was meeting with a group of businessmen. In fact, there have been many similar reports lately of citizens responding to invitations to visit the American leader at the White House. I’m still waiting for my invitation, but I’m not holding my breath. A few years ago, a friend of mine visited Washington and successfully had his picture taken with President Bush, albeit a cardboard cutout representation. […]

God’s Unparalleled Benefit Plan

God’s Unparalleled Benefit Plan

Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 Jobs with benefits are getting harder to find. Companies have cut costs by keeping income low and benefits to a minimum. But we love benefits in their many forms. Healthcare, life insurance, 401K, childcare, gym […]

Jesus Christ will Never Change

Jesus Christ will Never Change

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever Hebrews 13:8 Not many men would admit this, but I’m a fan of Hallmark movies. Occasionally, there’s a story about a gal who has been left at the altar. Her husband-to-be changed his mind. She’s so severely shaken that she vows to never enter into a serious relationship again. Of course, in the end, Mr. Right comes along, she falls in love, and lives happily ever after. That’s the way it goes in the movies. But in life, many disappointments don’t have happy endings. We learn to live with them, but […]

God Still Answers Big Specific Prayers

God Still Answers Big Specific Prayers

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10 When I woke up this morning, one of the first thoughts to enter my mind was that I needed to come up with something specific to lift up to the Lord in prayer. More often than not, we have a tendency to offer blanket prayers. The content of a blanket prayer goes something like this: “Lord, take care of my neighbors. Help them according to their needs and protect them.” There is absolutely nothing wrong with that kind of prayer. But I do believe […]

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