What can you expect from dirt? ∙

What can you expect from dirt? ∙ For you are dust, and to dust you shall return. – Genesis 3:19 All flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust. – Job 34:15 Psalms 103:13-22  13 The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.  14Continue reading “What can you expect from dirt? ∙”

The Lord alone opens hearts

The Lord alone opens hearts Lydia from Thyatira, a merchant of expensive purple cloth, who worshiped God. As she listened to us, the Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying. – Acts 16:14 Luke 24:27-45  27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining fromContinue reading “The Lord alone opens hearts”

Living with destructive danger –

Living with destructive danger “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?” – Matthew 24:3 Ezekiel 33:4-7  4 If those who hear the warning refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die.  5 They heard the warning but ignored it,Continue reading “Living with destructive danger –”

AFS – Absent Father Syndrome ∙

AFS – Absent Father Syndrome ∙ Consider the incredible love that the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called “children of God” – and that is not just what we are called, but what we are. – 1 John 3:1 (Phillips translation) Romans 8:15-16   15 For you have not received a spiritContinue reading “AFS – Absent Father Syndrome ∙”

There is something about that Name ∙

There is something about that Name ∙ You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins – Matthew 1:21 Matthew 1:20-25  20 An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as yourContinue reading “There is something about that Name ∙”

Spiritual formation ∙

Spiritual formation ∙ Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment. – 1 Peter 2:2 Ephesians 4:15 We are to grow up in every way into Christ, who is the head. 2 Peter 1:3-8 3 By his divineContinue reading “Spiritual formation ∙”

God honors obedience, despises stubbornness

God honors obedience, despises stubbornness Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness is as bad as worshiping idols. – 1 Samuel 15:23 Psalms 78:7-8  7 So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.  8 Then they will not be like their ancestors –Continue reading “God honors obedience, despises stubbornness”

Character-driven prayer

Character-driven prayer Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. – Ecclesiastes 5:2 Matthew 6:8-10  8 Your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!  9 Pray like this:Continue reading “Character-driven prayer”