Don’t Just Do Something; Stand there!

WhenIAmStillDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” -Psalm 46:10

Surprise, surprise! Another song has led me down the path of discovery in the Lord. As before, even though this “lesson” was intended for me, I want to share it with you. Perhaps you will find some application in your life as well. Continue reading

Living the Life

Abide And Bear Fruit DesignDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Read these words of Jesus from the book of John:

“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5 NLT)

Lately, I’ve given the Lord reason for Him to bring these words to my mind and to read John 15. In the Christian community we talk about things like “spiritual growth” or “maturity” and the Bible seems to be filled with “DOs and DON’Ts” regarding how we are to live our new lives. Continue reading

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

WhatAFriend“No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15

Yesterday I was reading one of my Christian fiction stories — one of my all time favorite pastimes, when I came across the part of the story where the main character was in grave danger.  She was desperate Continue reading

God’s Supply: What He’s Got, You’ve Got!

WildFlowersAnd my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NKJV

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I’m thinking today about the phrase according to. Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines this phrase as used in Philippians 4:19: by, after the manner of, by any means, beyond measure. We can see that the phrase according to does not mean only that God supplies our need from His riches in glory. Continue reading

Be Festooned (Say What?)

BeFestoonedDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How amazingly quick and efficient is the God we worship and serve! When He speaks to me I hear no audible voice and He usually speaks His mind in an instant. Yet, to relate what He says takes me many words and much time. It’s as if He gave me an mp3 file which took only a moment to download but which took hours to play. He spoke to me that way this morning and I am still considering the weight and substance of His thoughts. Continue reading

God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (and Ladies!)

GodRestYeMerryGentlemenDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I recently heard this old Christmas hymn of praise and joy (for that’s how carol is defined in my dictionary) and, word lover that I am, I was curious about its origin and wording. Some of what I found was expected, but one major thing was not. And that makes all the difference in the world to the meaning of the song.  Continue reading