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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…

The Christmas Story Unplugged

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. And everyone went to his own town to register. “So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and Continue Reading…

Unsung Stanzas from Christmas Carols

Everything about Christmas shouts, “Here is Grace! God’s gift to humanity has arrived!” So, it was not difficult to find Christmas Carols that related to grace. In my search though, I did manage to find a few obscure, unsung stanzas in a few of well-known carols that became particularly meaningful. Silent Night – 3rd stanza Continue Reading…

Practicing Contentment and Not Wanting More

Authored By: Bruce Witt   Philippians 4:11-12, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and Continue Reading…

Making An Exchange

I love how easy it is to make exchanges in our society. Recently, my husband asked me to go to the hardware store and buy some light bulbs. I purchased the wrong kind of light bulbs and had to return to the store and exchange them. The man at the customer service counter was very Continue Reading…

Forgiveness From God

Philippians 2:8 “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” This passage reveals a very important truth for believers to understand regarding the New Covenant. One of the names Jesus used to refer to Himself was ‘Son of Man.’ Continue Reading…

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