DEVOTION: Presumption

Faith in God is not presumption.  What is presumption? “an idea that is taken to be true, and often used as the basis for other ideas, although it is not known for certain.” How do we presume upon God? By proclaiming instead of praying is one way we can presume upon God. Some see faith as... Continue Reading →

From The Cradle to The Cross

As The Christmas season comes to a close, we turn our attention from the cradle to the cross. Yes, there are a few months between now and the celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection, but these two holidays remain in our hearts all year even though they are only once on the calendar. So as... Continue Reading →

From Eden to the Incarnation

Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Many will spend time with family enjoying finger foods, dinner, delicious desserts, and exchanging gifts. As you prepare for the crescendo of the Christmas season over the next two days, think about the original promise of our redemption. "...He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." - Genesis 3:15... Continue Reading →

Pondering Jesus All Year Long

Christmas is a time we focus our attention back on Jesus. We endeavor to keep Him at the forefront all year, but life happens, we get distracted, things pile up, and we start missing days of Bible reading, prayers become hurried, and some Sunday's we are just too tired to make it to church. We... Continue Reading →

Jesus: The Greatest Gift

I don't think anything compares to watching my nieces and nephew open presents. The looks of surprise, excitement, and on occasion, disappointment are indescribable. Christmas is a time of giving and receiving. But I'm sure you can guess the direction this post is headed. The greatest gift isn't found under the tree or in a... Continue Reading →

The Love of a Christian

Countless books have been written on love, and numerous seminars have been given on keeping devotion strong in a marriage. There are many different kinds of love; love between spouses, love for your friends, casual care about co-workers, and the general hope for the welfare of strangers. Some say care for strangers isn't technically love,... Continue Reading →

DEVOTION: Give it to God

Just give it to God. How often have we said that to ourselves or had someone say it to us? When we’re stressed, things are piling up, or we don’t know what to do in a situation, we know the answer is to give it to God. So many of us are quick to pray;... Continue Reading →

The Word is our Defense

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me stray from Your commandments.11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You." These are the words of Psalm 119:9-11 (LSB).... Continue Reading →

Jesus: Our Good Shepherd

Not far from Christ's manger, shepherds kept watch over their flock. The Good Shepherd was first a baby in a manger, surrounded by animals. Mary pondered the events of the following hours in her heart. The baby in the manger was announced years later as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of... Continue Reading →

When it’s Difficult

Do you ever wake up, lay there and think I don't know what to pray? You know situations you need to pray about and people you need to pray for, but words aren't coming to mind? There are a few basics in our Christian walks like prayer, Bible reading, and Bible study; however, we can... Continue Reading →

The Christian’s Source of Strength

When we think of strength, our first thought may be someone who goes to the gym, or we may think of someone we know who has gone through a series of hard times and still holds on to their faith. In paul's second prayer for the church at Ephesus, he focuses on the Christian's source... Continue Reading →

Sin, Salvation, and Sanctification

I want to know Jesus better, and I want to obey Him more consistently; this is the desire of the Christian. We all want to grow closer to the Lord, and we are all at varying levels in our relationship with Him. Each of us has different things that trip us up. What is tempting... Continue Reading →

Good News of Great Joy

The most wonderful time of year has begun! I know many are not seeing the Christmas season as wonderful as they did a few years ago. A lot has changed, and things will continue to change, but the Christmas season gives us a chance to reset our focus. One of my favorite parts of the... Continue Reading →

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