Freedom from Sins That Chain Us

“I will appoint you as a covenant to the people, As a light to the nations, To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon, And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.” Isaiah 42:6-7, NASB FREEDOM. I don’t know anyone who would refuse freedom. People around the world—including those of us in the United States—experience different levels of freedom. Sadly, however, some individuals never enjoy liberty despite their desire for it. But when it comes to spiritual freedom, many Christians are trapped in unbelievable […]

Why I Don’t Need to Work My Head Off

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9, NASB Reformation Day comes and goes every October 31—an occurrence I take for granted far too often. But I wonder, what was life like for people who lived after the Roman Empire’s fall and prior to Martin Luther’s courageous act in 1517? The Roman Catholic Church maintained an incredible amount of influence, selling indulgences that […]

Drawing Near: Make Me Faithful

“In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1, NASB “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17   Loving Father, Creator of this sky that fascinates me, Painter of its splendid blue, You’re matchless. Maker of white clouds puffing around, You’re extraordinary in Your ability to design the beautiful. I’m awed by You. Breather of wind I cannot see… I feel and hear its soft caress, its rushing power. Your Spirit […]

A New You

“And have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.” Col. 3:10, NASB New shoes. New clothes. A new hairstyle. What is it about something brand-new that makes us smile? I don’t know anyone who dislikes receiving an unused item–especially among my female friends :). Material novelties aside, how do you feel about becoming a new you? I mean on the inside … who you are … your character? If you’ve placed your faith […]