Category Archives: Encouragement

The Powerful Influence of Faith

The Powerful Influence of Faith

I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 It’s clear from our focus text that Timothy’s mother and grandmother had made a favorable impression on the Apostle Paul. They were women of faith. Their living faith had influenced Paul’s young friend. Strong, living, active, and unwavering faith is contagious. It inspires others and gives hope. I love a candlelight worship service. It begins with one flame from which all the other candles are lit. It’s a reminder of the […]

Incomparable Senior Care

Incomparable Senior Care

4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. 5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? Isaiah 46:4-5 Seems like the perfect day to address this subject. The man described in this Biblical passage sounds like me, old and gray. Although I have often said I don’t feel my age, today I do. My health has suffered a […]

Heaven is Worth the Wait

Heaven is Worth the Wait

As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5:11 I’m not what you would call a horticulturalist. If not for my wife’s love of plants and flowers, I would never have learned to enjoy the beauty of nature. I’ve even learned to identify certain varieties of flowers and have a few favorites. One of the most amazing perennials is the peony. But it’s not the best choice for the impatient gardener. It takes two […]

How Christians Dress for Success

How Christians Dress for Success

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12 My friend, Kurt Kilpatrick, is a member of the National Speaker’s Association. He once told me of a group within his profession who were Dress for Success advocates. Obviously, they were easy to spot at any meeting. Perfectly coiffed and immaculately dressed. Suitable for display in any upscale department store window. Now, when you dress for success, you’re not doing it solely for the benefit of others. You feel better about yourself, more confident. If you want to be a winner, […]

What It Means to be a Temple of the Holy Spirit

What It Means to be a Temple of the Holy Spirit

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 You’ve probably heard the old weight-gain joke, “My body is a temple. I’m adding a parking lot.” But the directive to treat our bodies as a temple is no laughing matter. A temple is a place of worship. As Christians, the Holy Spirit lives within us and with these bodies we offer praise to God. There’s an […]

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