All things new

All things new This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun – 2 Corinthians 5:17 Revelations 21:1-7  1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And theContinue reading “All things new”

May I receive a double portion

May I receive a double portion Elijah said to Elisha, “What can I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha answered, “May I receive a double portion of the prophetic spirit that energizes you.” – 2 Kings 2:9 2 Kings 2:11-15  11 As they were walking along and talking, suddenly aContinue reading “May I receive a double portion”

Self-sacrifice ∙

Self-sacrifice ∙ There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 Romans 5:6-10  6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  7 Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someoneContinue reading “Self-sacrifice ∙”

Belief in God, good, and evil – unshakeable?

Belief in God, good, and evil – unshakeable? Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters. Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. – Hebrews 3:12 2 Peter 3:17  I am warning you ahead of time, dear friends. Be on guard so that you willContinue reading “Belief in God, good, and evil – unshakeable?”

Hope deferred

Hope deferred Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12 Psalms 119:81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. Psalms 73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strengthContinue reading “Hope deferred”

Ineffective prayer ∙

Ineffective prayer ∙ The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. – James 5:16 James 5:16-18  16 The energized prayer of a righteous man is able to do much.  17 Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three andContinue reading “Ineffective prayer ∙”

Wise living

Wise living If you listen to constructive criticism, you will be at home among the wise. – Proverbs 15:31 Proverbs 15:31-32  31 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof will dwell among the wise.  32 He who neglects discipline despises himself, but he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. Criticism is part and parcelContinue reading “Wise living”

Healing hurts ∙

Healing hurts ∙ Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. – Colossians 3:13 Ephesians 4:31-32  31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slanderous talk, as well as all types of evil behavior.  32 Instead, be kindContinue reading “Healing hurts ∙”