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Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, xO God of my salvation! Psalm 27:9, ESV His promise is that when we go, he goes with us. He will never call us to do a task without giving us what we need to do it. He is unshakably committed to meeting the needs of his people. He is unshakably committed to the success … Continue reading

Just Do It. Just Do One Thing.

…the primary message driving James; letter is that Christians’ faith in the gospel should work itself out in a life of obedience. As he says in 1:22, believers in Jesus should not just hear the word and believe it, but they should also do what it says. The gospel of Jesus – which James understands … Continue reading

You Are Talking To Yourself

I find myself saying it all the time. When people hear it they laugh, but actually I’m being quite serious when I say it. Here it is: no one is more influential in your life than you are, because no one talks to you more than you do. You are in an unending conversation with … Continue reading

He Will Deal Graciously 

Tenderly and graciously does He deal with us! (Francis Bourdillon, “A Psalm of Blessing!” 1864) “For He knows how weak we are–He remembers we are only dust. Our days on earth are like grass; like wildflowers, we bloom and die. The wind blows, and we are gone–as though we had never been here! But the … Continue reading

Weary Mariner

“My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke–because the Lord disciplines those He loves, just as a father disciplines the son he delights in.” Proverbs 3:11-12 To the children of God, afflictions are sent in mercy. They are directed by love. They are designed . . .   to … Continue reading

Present Sufferings

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time–are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us!” Romans 8:18 Paul compares present sufferings–with future glory.  Believers are exposed to all kinds of suffering, and instead of obtaining an exemption from afflictions–they are assured that it is through much … Continue reading

Christmas Expectations

My mom and I enjoyed some sweet time together this week. As we were talking, my strong dislike of change became the topic of conversation. My mom laughingly commented that I have strongly fought change since I was little. She is so right, change is extremely difficult for me. Being an adult single during the holidays … Continue reading

Overweight, Yet God Is Still Sovereign

I sometimes have a hard time understanding the sovereignty of God in tandem with the responsibility of Man. The Bible is clear that God is sovereign over all things, but equally clear that man is responsible for his own actions. I know that both can be true at the same time, but the inter-workings of … Continue reading

Same Blog, Different Spin

If we would have met when I was in my early 20s and you would have asked “where do you see yourself in ten years”? My reply would have gone something like this, “Married, 4 or 5 kids, pastor’s wife, serving my Savior in my local church”. Simple vision, not glamorous, and, one would think, … Continue reading

Who Is Sufficient?

2 Corinthians 2:16 Believing in grace for past and future trials is easy, but resting in grace for the immediate need is true faith. Believer, grace is sufficient right now. Do not say that this is a new trouble, but if you do, remember that the grace of God is always new. Do not complain … Continue reading

The Lord Helped Us – 2015 Reflections

“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12) The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet “hitherto hath the Lord helped us!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health; at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea; in honor, in dishonor, … Continue reading

The Changed Cross

There is a poem called “The Changed Cross.” It represents a weary one who thought that her cross was surely heavier than those of others whom she saw about her, and she wished that she might choose another instead of her own. She slept, and in her dream she was let to a place where … Continue reading

Is God Silent To You?

“I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling place. “ Isa. 18:4 Assyria was marching against Ethiopia, the people of which are described as tall and smooth. And as the armies advance, God makes no effort to arrest them; it seems as though they will be allowed to work their will. He … Continue reading

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Letting Things Alone

“Neither know we what do do; but our eyes are upon thee.” (2 Chron. 20:12) Life was lost in Israel because a pair of human hands were laid unbidden upon the ark of God. They were placed upon it with the best intent, to steady it when trembling and shaking as the oxen drew it … Continue reading