The Chain of Faith – It’s Up To You

In the past year several elderly family members passed away, one of which was my mother-in-law, who was 100 years old.  Among the stories that were shared by the adult children at the funerals were memories of going to church with their parents and learning about God when they were very young.  As I reflectedContinue reading “The Chain of Faith – It’s Up To You”

The Purple Pants Prayer

When I’m out and about in my car and I see people walking down the street or standing at a bus stop, I’ve developed the practice of praying for these strangers.  For example, if I see someone smoking at the bus stop, I pray that God will inspire and strengthen the person to quit. IContinue reading “The Purple Pants Prayer”

Getting Better As Things Get Worse

Yesterday I was awake in the middle of the night listening to a sermon podcast.  I love learning and being uplifted by truth and hope.  Listening to Bible teaching redirects my mind from the latest news of problems in the world.  Then a thought came to my mind; while the world is becoming worse, ChristiansContinue reading “Getting Better As Things Get Worse”

Where Is Your Confidence?

Confidence is trust and assurance.  Where should we place our trust and assurance?  The Bible gives only one right answer to that question.  We are to place our trust, assurance, and confidence in God alone. Does this mean that we are not supposed to have any self-confidence?  No, we are not meant to be wimpyContinue reading “Where Is Your Confidence?”

A Promise … And a Very Long Walk

His son was sick, close to death, and the royal official walked all the way to Cana in Galilee to find Jesus.  When he found the Lord Jesus, he begged Him to come to his house and heal his son. John 4:46 tells us, “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “youContinue reading “A Promise … And a Very Long Walk”

Stop Doubting and Believe

Jesus held out his hands to His doubting disciple, Thomas.  “Put your finger here; see my hands.  Reach out your hand and put it into my side.  Stop doubting and believe.”  (John 20:27) Jesus’ resurrected body still bore the scars from His crucifixion three days before.  Why would Jesus, in His resurrected body, still bearContinue reading “Stop Doubting and Believe”

Take Up Your Cross

I’ve heard this phrase used when someone is going through a hard time or carrying a heavy burden.  For example, some might say a person with a severe health issue has a “cross to bear.” But that is not what Jesus meant when He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himselfContinue reading “Take Up Your Cross”