God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

God Uses the Seeds of Failure to Grow Fruit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Galatians 5:22-23 For me, this verse is tough. Some of the things listed are easy. Some…well…not so much. In my travels this year, I’ve had the opportunity to hear about the spiritual journeys of others. I noticed most of us have […]

An Unscheduled Stop

An Unscheduled Stop

So Miriam was shut up outside the camp for seven days, and the people did not move on until Miriam was received again. Numbers 12:15 Miriam’s sin brought the entire nation of Israel to a screeching halt for seven days while God dealt with her and brought her back in line with His will. It […]

Directly Into the Storm

Directly Into the Storm

On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the […]

The Transforming Breath of God

The Transforming Breath of God

Your name will no longer be Abram, but your name will be Abraham, for I will make you the father of many nations . . . God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. Genesis 17:5, 15. So often we […]

Christmas—The Time of Christ’s Sacrifice

Christmas—The Time of Christ’s Sacrifice

I’ve always celebrated Christmas as the time of Jesus’ birth. It’s a joyful time—after all, when is the birth of a baby not a reason to celebrate? It’s marked with angel choruses, gifts of the magi, and celebration to end all celebrations. In contrast, I’ve always approached Easter as a more somber time—certainly a time […]

The Fear Knot

The Fear Knot

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV) We live in volatile times. There are wars, rumors of wars, and natural disasters in abundance. Everywhere we turn, […]