Posts with the tag “prayer”
Monday, July 17, 2023
July 17th, 2023
In Acts 12, we find that Peter has been imprisoned. James was “put to death with the sword” (Acts 12:2). The reaction of the Jewish leadership to James’ death was so favorable and supporti...
Monday, May 8, 2023
May 8th, 2023
Sometimes we hear the expression “pay it forward.” And we often speak of “paying it back.” When we are overcome with gratitude, it can be easy to wonder how we can express what we feel. Co...
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...
April 3, 2023
April 3rd, 2023
I recently read a health-related story about six ways to keep your brain sharp and active. These six ways are...learn a musical instrument, take up a foreign language, juggling, tango danci...
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’...
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 ...
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...
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...
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, January 11, 2023
January 11th, 2023
I Kings opens with the statement that when King David was old, he could not stay warm. No matter how many covers were put on him, he could not stay warm (I Kings 1:1). We can easily ima...
Wednesday, January 4, 2023
January 4th, 2023
In Matthew 6, Jesus gave us a lesson on prayer. We commonly call His teachings “The Lord’s Prayer.” And the prayer that Jesus gave is a perfect example for us to study and follow as we ...
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
October 25th, 2022
Splinters can be aggravating and annoying. And so too can briers and thorns. Paul suffered with something he called “a thorn in my flesh” (2 Corinthians 12:7). We do not specifically kn...
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
August 9th, 2022
Daniel is the fourth and final major prophet of the Old Testament. He prophesied as a captive in Babylon during the Babylonian Exile suffered and endured by Judah. Some of his prophecy is...
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
July 26th, 2022
Psalms is the longest book in the Bible as it spans one hundred fifty chapters. In these chapters, you find a host of themes, emotions, reactions, convictions and worship. Some of the mor...
Tuesday, July 5, 2022
July 5th, 2022
Samuel is an interesting and large figure in the life of Israel. He was sort of a transitional figure away from the judges to the monarchy where Saul and later David assumed the throne ove...
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
June 21st, 2022
The second book of the Bible is Exodus. And part of this book chronicles the deliverance of Israel from captivity and slavery in Egypt. We learn how God moved in a mighty way to set His pe...
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
June 7th, 2022
Isaiah 33:3 says, “O LORD, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in a time of distress.” We can read these words as a plea or even a petition. ...
Monday, June 6, 2022
June 6th, 2022
Isaiah 29:13 says, “The Lord says: ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.’” God was not pleased with either the wor...
Monday, May 30, 2022
May 30th, 2022
Memorial Day is often regarded as the unofficial beginning of summer. Though the calendar says that summer begins on June 21, the Memorial Day weekend has often been the start signal. Bu...
Thursday, May 19, 2022
May 19th, 2022
In Daniel 9, we read the great prayer of confession that Daniel prayed on behalf of the people of Israel. In this prayer, the prophet acknowledged Israel’s sinfulness and rebellion against...
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
May 10th, 2022
I would like to thank you for your prayers and support during the Poland mission trip. Please continue to pray for our Christians brothers and sisters in Poland and Ukraine. They need our...
Thursday, April 28, 2022
April 28th, 2022
Today’s message to you will be a bit different. As some of you know, six of us will be leaving on Sunday evening for our mission trip to Poland. We learned this morning that we will be w...
Maundy Thursday, April 14, 2022
April 14th, 2022
It was a grim night. It was a disturbing night. It was a confusing night. Grim because death was in the air and everyone seemed to sense that nothing would ever be the same again. Disturbi...
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
April 13th, 2022
In some Bibles, Psalm 70 is called a petition. And it is. By my count, there are at least nine different petitions or pleas in this one chapter. David was asking the LORD to go to work o...
Monday, March 14, 2022
March 14th, 2022
People are often eager to engage in conversations about the end of time, the last days and the return of Jesus. Certainly, matters like these are important for anyone to consider and to tak...
Thursday, January 20, 2022
January 20th, 2022
Hannah is a popular name for girls. It is also a biblical name that we find in I Samuel. She was the mother of Samuel. The name Hannah means God’s favor or God’s grace. She was married t...
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