When We Need Deliverance

“Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But Thou hast brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.” Jonah 2:5-6 Each of us languish in different “pits” at various life stages. Yet God possesses an unfathomable power to deliver. He “is to us a God of deliverances” (Psalm 68:20). Let’s consider Jonah, a man who knew […]

Ministry Update: Gifts Galore

“My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 121:2, NASB Dear Readers, This is it! The week has arrived. My bags are packed. I’ll soon find myself in another country, surrounded by people whose language and culture differs from mine. Faithfully, God has brought me every step of the way. I know that even now, He continues to walk before, beside, and behind me. It’s difficult to express the magnitude of my gratitude for all He’s accomplished on my behalf in preparation for […]

Freedom? Here’s How to Get It

“Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’” John 8:31-32 I never noticed this before. And I’m fascinated… I’ve heard John 8:32 quoted as a stand-alone verse countless times. But recently, I caught the first part of the sentence, which is nestled unmistakably in verse 31. The connection between the two verses washed over me like a […]

Doing Life: Treasure

photo credit: Antique Holy Bible, printed in 1885, with metal clasps, and leather binding, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico via photopin (license)   “Jesus said to them, ‘Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures, or the power of God?’” Mark 12:24, NASB While vacationing a couple weeks ago, I found a new, special spot to spend time with the Lord. Just about every morning began in a white rocker with my coffee and my Bible. I grew to love […]