Your hands made me and formed me. Give me understanding so that I might learn Your commands. Your loyal followers will be glad when they see me, for I find hope in Your word. Psalm 119:73-74 NET Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for making me in Your image. Please help me to learn understanding of [...]
Psalm 119 is filled with statements about God’s commands. I fear even in our churches that we are losing the perspective of how good God’s ways are. We think our own ways are better, but we label our ways as though they are God’s ways. May God help us to remember His ways. How can [...]
As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, thankfulness does not pretend that nothing is wrong. We must be honest about what is difficult in our lives. Some situations just stink. Our issue is that we get tunnel vision and focus on the difficulties. We need to balance talking about the truth of both the [...]
With the Thanksgiving holiday coming soon (3 1/2 weeks), I have been thinking ahead to my traditional Thanksgiving week posts. I have been challenged to come up with a philosophy or thankfulness statement. This has been a thought in my mind for at least a couple of years. I am still working on it, but [...]
Friends, how often do we truly seek God's way? How often do we seek our own? I can assure you, God's way is the best. His way gives the most satisfaction, joy, comfort, security and every other positive that can be had in this life.
Life is full of various challenges. We face the trial of living in a sin cursed earth which includes our own sin nature as well as that of others. I find as I wade through the muck and mire of difficulties that I can feel weighed down with negativity. As God teaches me to pray, [...]
We had a normal winter in Minnesota, but after several mild winters this year felt colder, darker and longer than before. I have to admit, I do not enjoy temperatures well below 0 on a January morning. However, this is where God has me and He has given me many blessings in the land of [...]
Since this is Easter weekend, I wanted to write something about Jesus death, burial and resurrection. There are so many beautiful truths in the Easter story. Today I want to look at the negative and positive. First the negative: Jesus endured horrible pain, because each of us has chosen sin. We are not able to [...]