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Self Esteem in Troubled Times – Part 2

Psychology has discovered three needs of man that must be satisfied if we are to enjoy contentment—a sense of belonging, personal worth, and competency. Both psychology and the world offer their solutions, but God says that Jesus is the Source of all things. BELONG: The only sense of belonging that will never be eroded by Continue Reading…

Self Esteem in Troubled Times – Part 1

God made Solomon the wisest, richest, most powerful man ever. The man had the most creative ideas, financed them, and commanded that they be carried out. Talk about topping the Forbes list! However, God gave us Solomon as an example–a man who launched the ultimate flesh trip so that we could reject the “If only…” Continue Reading…

Good Enough

  From the beginning of time since the fall of Adam there is this need to feel ‘Good Enough.’ People are always trying to measure up to each other’s standard to determine whether they are good enough to be in each other’s company. In the Bible, Jesus was scrutinized by the religious people of his Continue Reading…

Remember the Sabbath

  The Sabbath is obviously important to God because it was the first holy day observance He mentioned in Leviticus 23. “Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, a holy convocation. You shall do no work on it; it is the Sabbath of the Lord in Continue Reading…

20 Ways to Love Your Wife

Ephesians 5:25 says, ‘Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.’ The Greek word for love in this passage agape, meaning I will do the most constructive, redemptive thing I can think of for you. The word carries the connotation of performance, not simply warm feelings. Continue Reading…

A New Year – A New Identity – A New Way of Thinking

Ezra was born in slavery on a Georgia cotton plantation in 1800. At the conclusion of the Civil War, his owner called him and the other slaves in from the fields and gave them their freedom. Some milled around trying to decide their next step. Some shouted for joy and left the plantation immediately. Ezra, Continue Reading…

What’s in a Name?

  “Sticks and stones may break my bones, But names will never hurt me!”   I don’t know who said that but they were wrong!  Perhaps you have discovered that for yourself. I certainly have.  There are some `labels’ that were attached to me as a child which definitely hurt me.  Names like: troublemaker, irresponsible, unlovable, and dirty were Continue Reading…

For The Good Trees

“So they will be called oaks of righteousness…” Isaiah 61.3 I am struck by how often trees are used to teach us simple, profound truths. Recently Andrew Murray blessed me with another tree-truth from “The Master’s Indwelling” by suggesting that every oak tree, from the young sapling to the ancient and mighty, is standing in Continue Reading…

The Miracle of Newness

“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert” Isaiah 43:19 (NAS) In our world, we experience new things on a regular basis. Each new thing has a certain appeal. New fallen snow Continue Reading…

Christmas

Christmas is only a few days away. I hope you are prepared. Not just with gifts and parties and all the plans that seem to come with the holidays, but even more with your heart. I am reminded of the story of Mary, Joseph, Jesus and all the relatives. They all came together in Jerusalem Continue Reading…

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