Worthy of the Call

   Thinkin’ about grace today.  The unmerited favor of God coupled with forgiveness.  Considering the price Christ paid,  we need to be sure he’s getting his monies worth.  We must be worthy of the call.  Paul said this in...

Taking Sides… Again

 Social media is the bane or the joy of our existence.  We hear and read pros and cons of our time spent there.  I really don’t write about social media due to its controversies.  I’m sure I spend too much time on it and writers are admonished to...

Twelve for Dinner

    Twelve for Dinner      A few years ago, our church hosted a “walk to Calvary”. We paraded into Jerusalem waving our “palm” branches. Our path took us through several scenes, ending at an empty garden tomb. At one...

I Got Nothin’

        Over the years, I’ve heard many sermons from Ezekiel 37,  the dry bones chapter.  It’s the most popular content for sermons from the book of Ezekiel.  Ezekiel is a difficult book to understand with all the imagery, metaphors,...

Listen, Remember, Remind Me.

 In this world we are living in ,  Isaiah 46:3-4, 9-11  bears repeating.  Verse 3 starts out “Listen to me.”   I was reminded of all the times that I have said to children,  heard my daughter say to my grandchildren, “listen to...

Dear People of God in America

      Once again, my daily devotional with Jim Cymbala strikes a chord that I am compelled to write about.   In Revelation 2:12-17  John pens the letter from Jesus to the church at Pergamum.  Pergamum was a great judicial...

Snake Tunnel Excerpt

 Today’s post is a guest post from a friend. I met Erin at the Christian Writers Conference two years ago in a bookstore line! My readers are used to shorter pieces than Erin’s so I’ve posted a portion of his blog post on Snake Tunnel. You can...

3+ and a Wish

     Years ago, I had the opportunity to do classroom “pragmatic” language lessons.  I had a six-week curriculum that covered how to ask questions that get the answer you want, listening versus hearing, tone and timing of conversation and...

The Hezekiah Treatment

    Been thinkin’ this week about the division and downright hatred among our citizens.  Wondering at the threats and insults hurled across our congressional floors.  Shocked at some of the social media posts that pop up in my news feed. ...

Donkey or Elephant?

   One of my 2021 goals is to read the entire Bible.   I’ve done the chronological one year Bible for several years now,  in a couple of different translations.  The Genesis to Revelation plan bogs me down in Chronicles.  In an...

Supernatural Wedding Plans

   A recent sermon by Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle NYC grabbed my attention. In full disclosure, I frequently catch his sermons, I listen to his daily 8–10-minute devotion every morning.  Cymbala stated there are reasons we do not see a...

5 Lead Points

    The final goal in this series is the one I most aspire to.   In Romans 8:4&5 “Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are his children.  God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of him.  Instead, we become his...

From the inside out

 Continuing my Spiritual goals for 2021, today’s goal builds on the previous two. It’s not enough to live in the Spirit, we must grow in the Spirit.  Stagnant water stinks and breeds bacteria. I confess, I tend to have growth spurts rather than consistent...

Empowered

    Last week I wrote about being filled with the Spirit. “Filled” is a past tense verb and I must caution my readers that being filled with the spirit is a present tense action.  We live in a world that requires us to continually seek God, repent...