Posts with the category “general-inspiration”
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
July 26th, 2023
In I Peter 5:6, the apostle wrote, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” It is not hard to imagine a much more mature and a much old...
Monday, June 19, 2023
June 19th, 2023
In the latter portion of Acts 2, Peter spoke to a crowd of onlookers that had witnessed his healing of a man who had been born lame. The Bible says that “all the people were astonished an...
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
June 14th, 2023
As Peter prepared to wrap up his sermon on Pentecost, the crowd wondered what to do and how to respond to all that Peter had said about Jesus and His death and resurrection. They seemed t...
Wednesday, May 24, 2023
May 24th, 2023
We go back to the scene in John 13 just before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. As the Lord was washing the feet of the disciples, Peter put up a personal protest. We do not know anything ab...
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
May 23rd, 2023
When Peter heard that Jesus wanted to wash his feet, his initial reaction was dismay. “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” (John 13:6b). And rather quickly, his dismay morphed into deni...
Thursday, May 18, 2023
May 18th, 2023
John 6:66 records a reality that is hard to fathom. John wrote, “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.” People turned away from Jesus and deserted ...
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
May 10th, 2023
The gospels are full of miracles Jesus performed. And each is astounding to consider. Frankly, is there such a thing as a “minor” miracle? A miracle is a miracle. It is the inbreaking o...
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
May 9th, 2023
In Mark 5, Jesus was busy. He healed a man possessed by demons. He raised a dead girl to life. He healed a sick woman. Near the end of this remarkable chapter, Jesus said to a man named J...
Thursday, May 4, 2023
May 4th, 2023
Consider the number of words you might speak in an average day. The number is likely well into the thousands when all conversations and occasions, big and small, are taken into account. H...
Monday, April 24, 2023
April 24th, 2023
God’s promises are found throughout the Bible. Some promises are to specific people in specific situations. Other promises are for a specific time. Some promises were intended for Israel ...
Thursday, April 20, 2023
April 20th, 2023
One of the best-known blessings in the Bible can be found in Numbers. Like Leviticus, Numbers is not a book that many people read often or at all. But, like Leviticus, it is part of the bi...
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
March 29th, 2023
As we know, fishermen were among Jesus’ first disciples. Matthew 4, Mark 1 and Luke 5 all detail Jesus’ call to these men. Each of the gospels presents some detail and perspective on that ...
Monday, March 27, 2023
March 26th, 2023
In Exodus 20, God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses. The moral law of God is captured in these commandments. The first four concern our relationship with the Lord. The last six co...
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
March 21st, 2023
Wisdom is a virtue that we all need. But we often find ourselves lacking wisdom. We can lack wisdom about any number of things—finances, family, faith or failures we have suffered. God’...
Monday, March 20, 2023
March 20th, 2023
Psalm 84 is a wonderful Psalm for enhancing your worship of the Lord. Fittingly, this Psalm opens by declaring “how lovely is your dwelling place, LORD Almighty” (84:1). And worship is a...
Thursday, March 16, 2023
March 16th, 2023
Yesterday, March 15, is commonly called “the Ides of March.” Traditionally, this date marks the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar by a group of Roman senators (perhaps most ...
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
March 15th, 2023
Salt is found on most tables and in most kitchens. But did you know that salt can be found in the Bible too? Of course, Jesus tells His people that we are the salt of the earth (Matthew 5...
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
March 14th, 2023
We know that David wrote many of the Psalms that we have in our Bibles. In his writing, he was often inspired by the Holy Spirit to reflect upon his relationship with God and what that rea...
Monday, March 13, 2023
March 13th, 2023
We have been focusing on the book of Revelation on Sunday mornings as we work our way, chapter by chapter, through this last prophecy in the Bible. One thing that is immediately clear in ...
Thursday, March 9, 2023
March 9th, 2023
Anger can be debilitating. And anger can be dangerous. And the Bible contains many warnings against letting anger take control of your life. Psalm 37:8 says that we are to refrain from...
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
March 7th, 2023
In Matthew 21, not long after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem for the last week before Good Friday, Jesus cursed a fig tree. It seems to be a rather unusual occurrence. Matthew recorded...
Monday, March 6, 2023
March 6th, 2023
In Ephesians, Paul gives some extremely valuable lessons on how to live as a follower of Christ. He wrote about matters like marriage, parenting, the full armor of God and holiness. This ...
Thursday, March 2, 2023
March 2nd, 2023
One day, you will be gone. Your life will end on this earth. Either you will pass away, or the Lord will come for you when He comes to gather His people (I Thessalonians 4:17). But you wi...
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
March 1st, 2023
Psalm 130 is often called a Psalm or a song of ascent. This grouping of special Psalms spans the chapters between Psalm 120 and Psalm 134. These verses were often sung on the way up to Je...
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
February 28th, 2023
Psalm 32 speaks to the important matters of confession and forgiveness. Just think for a moment about how wonderful forgiveness feels. If you have asked for forgiveness from someone and ...
Monday, February 27, 2023
February 27th, 2023
Psalm 51 is a passage of confession and contrition. David wrote this Psalm after his ordeal with Bathsheba and conspiring to arrange the murder of her husband, Uriah. Nathan confronted t...
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
February 22nd, 2023
We often speak about God’s promises. And even more often, we have to claim them and rely on them. One aspect of faith is taking God at His Word and placing trust in His promises. In Gen...
Monday, February 20, 2023
February 20th, 2023
Can you imagine someone growing tired of God? Can you imagine someone wondering what good comes from a relationship with the Lord? How would one grow tired or bored by the amazing ways a...
Thursday, February 16, 2023
February 16th, 2023
Measurements can be important. The wrong measurements in clothing can be inconvenient. But wrong measurements in building a house or a skyscraper could be catastrophic. Chances are you...
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
February 15th, 2023
Near the end of his life and the book of Deuteronomy, Moses sang to the people of Israel. He had led Israel out of Egypt, through the parted waters of the Red Sea and in the wilderness but...
Tuesday, February 14, 2023
February 14th, 2023
We can easily recognize apples, grapes, oranges and bananas. You may have some or all of these fruits in your house. The Bible often speaks of how we live in terms of fruit and fruitfuln...
Monday, February 13, 2023
February 13th, 2023
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “See how the flowers of the field grow” (Matthew 6:28). Some Bibles quote the Lord as saying, “consider the lilies.” By simply pointing to somethi...
Thursday, February 9, 2023
February 9th, 2023
In Song of Songs 7:4, we find these words “your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.” What does this mean? At first read, we might think it is not very kind or neig...
Wednesday, February 8, 2023
February 8th, 2023
Distractions happen. You may feel like some of your days are full of distractions or interruptions. Occasionally, the enemy distracts us from what is important and what God has for us to...
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
February 7th, 2023
Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:10, “finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” What a blessing and encouragement to us! The good news is we can be strong in Him. We can do thing...
Monday, February 6, 2023
February 6th, 2023
Maybe you have heard the expression “keep things in perspective.” This advice is good to remember. At times, we all lose perspective. We make a major deal out of minor things. Emotions t...
Thursday, February 2, 2023
February 2nd, 2023
In Revelation 3, Jesus addressed a letter to the Church in Sardis. His opening message was, “These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your...
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
January 31st, 2023
It can be interesting to read inscriptions and epitaphs that we find on grave stones and grave markers. Some are imaginative. Some are humbling. Some are even thought provoking. And som...
Monday, January 30, 2023
January 30th, 2023
Tradition says that Jeremiah wrote Lamentations. There is a heavy and mournful tone that surrounds this particular book. Indeed, the name itself contains the word “lament.” When we lamen...
Wednesday, January 25, 2023
January 25th, 2023
Isaiah’s name means “God is salvation.” He carried a good name for a prophet of the Almighty. In his next to last chapter, he wrote, “See, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The...
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