Where New Life Begins

“Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off…” Daniel 9:26, NASB The most lovely tree used to grace the woods across our street—I think it was a weeping cherry. It bloomed every spring, and I delighted in it’s delicate pink flowers. One year I took the photo above in order to capture its loveliness. I’m so glad I did. You can imagine my sadness when I noticed our neighbor recently cut this treasure down. While a beautiful dogwood remains close by, I regret losing the weeping cherry. […]

Tidbits of Truth: Standing

photo credit: Jill via photopin (license) But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.” 1 Corinthians 1:30, NASB IN CHRIST, we stand righteous, holy, and redeemed–because of God and God alone.

Anchored

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil.” Heb. 6:19, NASB Surely we all know someone who struggles with depression. Maybe you are that person. The world offers all kinds of solutions for depression: medication, positive-thinking strategies—even addictions to various substances or pastimes. While medication certainly helps numerous people, I wonder if we sometimes forget the power of God’s Word to soothe, to renew our minds, to focus us on Christ. […]

Prayer Partners: From Affliction to Glory

“The LORD’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23, NASB Dear Prayer Partners, Something beautiful happened yesterday. I gathered to pray with a couple of dear friends and sisters in the Lord. One of them began by praying Psalm 37 for us, and I don’t recall ever having such a marvelous experience of praying Scripture. Now today, I share a prayer for us in those times when we’re brokenhearted. Based on Lam. 3:19-26 and 2 […]

What God Values

“…though the LORD is exalted … He regards the lowly.” – Psalm 138:6 “Pray for my family. Don’t pray for me …” He sat alone at the soup kitchen’s lunch table–sweat on his brow as he ate the provided meal. At first I considered speaking to another man, but the Lord directed me to Dan*. We began conversing, and I asked what had brought him to Nashville. “Prison,” he matter-of-factly replied. Ten years for armed robbery and, if I remember correctly, more time for drug […]