The truth of creation (2)

4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ Matthew 19:4 NKJV A fascinating quote from a 1995 issue of U.S. News & World Report reads: “Researchers suggest that virtually all modern men – 99 percent of them, says one scientist – are closely related […]

Are you alone this Christmas?

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 NIV When you find yourself alone at Christmas, the sights and sounds that once brought joy can reinforce your sense of sadness and loss. There is no magic, get-well-quick formula; processing what you’ve lost takes time and God’s […]

Shun unhealthy self-focus (5)

Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Isaiah 58:5 NIV God never commanded you to […]

Saying the right thing

23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply;    it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! Proverbs 15:23 NLT William Penn, founder of the British colony of Pennsylvania in 1677 (the U.S. state of Pennsylvania is named in his honour), formulated six principles for conversation: “(1) Avoid company where it is not profitable or necessary, […]

Speak “in good taste”

Colossians 4:6 NKJV John Grisham, author of blockbuster books that become blockbuster movies, has been called “a straight arrow making his way along a very crooked path.” His novels often depict sleazy lawyers, corrupt politicians, and trigger-happy cops – the underbelly of a world of wealth and respectability. His heroes, on the other hand, are […]

God will forgive and restore you

Isaiah 42:3 NKJV Have you ever heard of the Great Boston Molasses Flood? On January 15, 1919, a steel vat containing 2.3 million gallons of molten molasses burst. A 30-foot-tall wave of hot syrup drowned people and horses, destroyed buildings, and crushed freight cars, wagons, and automobiles. The enormous tank, 50 feet tall and 240 […]

Read the fine print

Amos 3:3 NKJV When it comes to forming relationships, read the fine print. Somewhere in the fine print of meeting, dating, and interacting with someone, it warned you, albeit ever-so-slightly, that they were going to be a certain way. The red flags were always there, even though they started out as a lovely shade of […]

GOD’s Peace

 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 4:6-7) God’s peace is a wonderful thing. And some of the people around you […]

Each child is unique

5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart;     I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  – Jeremiah 1:5  Does a baby come into the world with a complex personality, or is that child a blank slate on which experience will write? In the […]