November 11, 2014
What happens when we get to heaven? How will we greet Jesus? How will He greet us? Here’s one way I viewed it, a symbolic picture of God’s grace, love, and forgiveness. From time to time, I like to include a poem in my blogs. I hope this one encourages you. Read more
October 21, 2014
It’s time for another book drawing giveaway. This time, I’m featuring Guideposts‘ new devotional book, Mornings with Jesus 2015. Eleven writers helped write this new devotional, and this is the third year I’ve been privileged to join that writing team. Every time I study and learn more about Jesus, and every year I experience more of His love and grace, He grows more precious to me. Here’s an excerpt from one of the devotions I contributed to this book: Read more
August 18, 2014
I was only eight. Old enough to realize I didn’t know everything–nothing, really. But I knew enough to say yes to someone who would change my life forever. Read more
December 19, 2013
This is the 19th in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. Featured today is Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There. I hope these simple prayer blogs will enrich your Christmas season and draw you close to the One who is the true reason for Christmas. (I’ll be returning to my regular, weekly posts after Christmas).
Day 19 – Jehovah Shammah, The Lord Is There
Lord, when our hearts are failing, where can we go? You are our source of strength. You will hold our hand when our steps falter. In the midst of danger, persecution, or emotional confusion, You are there. Read more
December 5, 2013
Today is the fifth in a series of daily Christmas blogs: 25 Christmas Prayers celebrating the names of our precious Lord. I hope they will enrich your Christmas season and draw you closer to the One who is the true reason for Christmas.
Day 5 – Immanuel – God with Us
Lord, how is it that a righteous God could be “with us?” We are sinful. You are holy. You are in heaven. We live on earth.
Yet the very essence of Christmas is rooted in an eternal, loving plan that brought You here to live in us, with us, and through us.
Because of Christmas, You are now “with us.” Long ago men housed Your “presence” in a tabernacle made by human hands with supernatural instructions. But Christmas ushered in Your presence here on earth, walking among us, living with us.
You no longer live in columns of clouds or pillars of fire. Read more
September 9, 2013
People form their ideas about God from various sources: books, other people, their own fathers, movies, television, personal experiences, the internet, and yes, even the Bible. What about you? How big is your God?
How Big Is Your God? Read more
September 25, 2012
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth even more. During his message as a guest speaker for our church Sunday, Max Lacado showed this you-tube video to illustrate the depth of God’s love and grace for us. I just wanted to pass it on. Whether you’ve seen it or not, it’s worth reviewing often. What a powerful picture of not only a mom laying down her life for her kids, but of a Savior who gave His all for us! Read more
August 27, 2012
My mom graduated to heaven a few years ago. The night before her funeral I was still struggling with not being able to see her just before she died. I looked for God’s footprints in all of it and coudn’t find them, even though I prayed and searched diligently.
That same night a terrific storm blew in–one that literally shook the house with loud thunder claps and lightning bolts that lit up the room in Mom’s house where I was trying to sleep. When the storm finally calmed, I turned on a nearby lamp and grabbed my Bible on the stand. When I opened it, the pages fell to the book of Psalms. I began to read through chapter 77. As if highlighted by lightning, these were the words that especially spoke to me: Read more
March 19, 2012
You’ve called. You’ve prayed. You’ve asked. You’ve waited. But heaven gives no answer. Why is God silent?
Forget the formulas. God deals with each person uniquely, and we can’t always answer the why’s to our own satisfaction. Here are some reasons you won’t find why God is silent. Read more
November 29, 2011
Todd Philips, one of the teaching pastors at our church, recently shared a series of messages called “The After Party.” In one of those messages he read from Randy Alcorn‘s book on Heaven listing numerous things you won’t find in heaven. That sermon inspired this blog. Obviously we could name more than 25 things. Todd quoted many more. So when you finish reading my list, (and listening to Todd read Randy Alcorn’s list), maybe you can add your own. Read more