2017 Day 248 – Giving it Away!

The Jerusalem church suffered from a famine. So Paul took up a monetary collection from the churches in modern day Greece to help out. The churches in Macedonia – in Philippi, Berea, Thessaloniki – were poor, but they had a huge heart to give their resources to help out their Jerusalem Christian kin. Paul said … Continue reading

2017 Day 247 – Incline Your Ear

Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,     and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,     if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord,     I have made them known to you today, even to you.  Proverbs … Continue reading

2017 Day 246 – The Equal Yoke

I was taught this verse early in my Christian life: Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers…. what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 2 Corinthians 6: 14a, 15b From that point forward, I knew that if I married, it would be to someone who shared my faith in Jesus. I can’t imagine making a … Continue reading

2017 Day 245 – A Present Help

I remember as a kid and a young Christian singing this: “God is our refuge, our refuge and our strength. In trouble, in trouble, very present help.” The hymn gave me a sense of peace. If I needed help, God was there immediately. He was a present help. My refuge and my strength. I love … Continue reading

2017 Day 244 – New Day

Wow.  A bunch of things came together yesterday and took me down. I landed square in the slough of despond again. How quickly moods can turn around. And mine did today. I am sure the prayers of a couple friends helped. It didn’t hurt to go to work. I am so grateful to labor beside … Continue reading

2017 Day 243 – Losing Heart

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen … Continue reading

2017 Day 242 – Jars of Clay

I’m in charge of a women’s evangelism ministry.  Just today a coworker and I were talking about how it feels like God is working in and around and through us while we are just along for the ride. We are tasked with helping ordinary women – jars of clay like us – to share the … Continue reading

2017 Day 241 – Transformation

Some days when I blog, I share a completely new discovery. Today, I share a favorite passage: …we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another…   2 Corinthians 3:18 I just love this truth. No matter how I feel at a moment … Continue reading

2017 Day 240 – Triumphal Procession

…thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved … a fragrance from life to life.   2 Corinthians 2:14-16 I like that phrase “triumphal procession.” It sounds good. … Continue reading

2017 Day 239 – Train ‘Em Up

Train up a child in the way he should go;     even when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 What an awesome promise! I have many friends who grew up in Christian homes, went away from the Lord, but eventually came back. In the end, they did not depart. But I’ve … Continue reading

2017 Day 238 – God’s Comfort?

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.       1 Corinthians 1:3-4 I … Continue reading

2017 Day 237 – Praise

I complain too much to God. I do. I got convicted in a blog the other day that I need to praise Him more. And today’s Psalm helped: I waited patiently for the Lord;     he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction,     out of the miry bog, and set my feet … Continue reading

2017 Day 236 – Such Hope!

How can you not like this passage? Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed… When the perishable puts on the imperishable, … Continue reading

2017 Day 235 – The Gospel

1 Corinthians 15: 3-4 is a great Gospel summary: Christ died for our sins … he was buried … he was raised on the third day  Pretty thorough! Some debate why He died. But it seems clear to me: “for” our sins, in our place. Several scriptures, including Hebrews 2:17 talk about “propitiation,” the idea that Jesus died … Continue reading