The Love Of God Is A Free Gift

The Love Of God Is A Free Gift

Early on in my Christian life I learned the 1 John 4:7 and 8 song. This catchy tune and direct-quote-of-scripture lyrics stuck in my brain and played over and over. I can remember requesting that song when my small group leader brought his guitar so our group could...
The Extraordinary Is Apparent In The Ordinary

The Extraordinary Is Apparent In The Ordinary

Ordinary things are all around us. The very word hints at how mundane and uninteresting the ordinary can be. Yet, unless we are paying attention to the ordinary, we risk missing the extraordinary.    One day last fall I sat watching the birds. As a fairly avid...
Victory In A Most Unconventional Manner

Victory In A Most Unconventional Manner

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. Hebrews 11:30     As the Hebrews, under the leadership of Joshua, prepared to enter and subdue the Promised Land, they sent spies out to get a feel for what they would encounter....
Unwavering Confidence In The God Who Is With Us

Unwavering Confidence In The God Who Is With Us

“…let him curse…It may be that the LORD will look on the wrong done to me, and that the LORD will repay me with good for his cursing today.”                                                                                                           2 Samuel 16.11-12...
Flaws: God Makes Things All Amazingly New

Flaws: God Makes Things All Amazingly New

The highest-priced pieces of carved jade are those made out of solid colored stones without flaws. Going against the conventional selection process, an unknown artist selected a piece of multicolor jade containing cracks and color blotches to carve an exquisite piece...
God’s Offer to Reason Is An Awesome Gift

God’s Offer to Reason Is An Awesome Gift

God makes a startling request in the first chapter of Isaiah.   “Come now, let us reason together” Isaiah 1.18a   This is the only place God invites us to reason with Him. God told the Israelites to reason with their neighbors to avoid sin (Lev. 19.17). Paul...