Peace in Life’s Storm

Over the years of my life I have watched many good friends deal with sickness of loved ones, the loss of jobs, families torn apart by the effects of substance abuse, and the seemingly hopelessness of depression.  I have in my own life been effected by many of these same issues.  We all have toContinue reading “Peace in Life’s Storm”

Out of the Dark Waters of Sin

1 John 2:1-2 John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shoreContinue reading “Out of the Dark Waters of Sin”

Confession Opens the Soul

1 John 1:8-10 It is said in psychological circles that the first step to getting well, is to admit we have a problem. However, most people struggle with admitting that they have problems. Every person in the world lives with the problem of sin, and the only hope of answer is to admit, or confessContinue reading “Confession Opens the Soul”

God Loves and Desires Love in Return

“He who sacrifices thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” (Ps. 50:23 NIV)      This Psalm has been a great reminder of that we should be sincere in expressing worship to God. God loves people who deeply and truly love Him. The relationshipContinue reading “God Loves and Desires Love in Return”

Deep Water

“He leads me beside still waters,” (PS. 23:2). For water to be constantly still they have to be quite deep.  The depth keeps the waters from easily being moved about by wind. The Psalm writer says still water.  It is comforting in the calmness of God.  It is comforting in His deep  supply, because whenContinue reading “Deep Water”

Snow White

Winter began to fade away a bit where I live over the last week.  The receding snow revealed a lot of fallen branches, garbage which had either blown in or was dropped by a passing car.  Then there was the mud, as the frozen ground pushed moisture up to the surface.  Today I stare againContinue reading “Snow White”

Turning To God

“Have mercy on me, O God, According to Your unfailing love; according to Your great compassion blot out my transgressions.” (Ps. 51:1) David begins his great Psalm of confession, after his affair with Bathsheba and the killing of Uriah, with these words.  David is a person after God’s heart, and part of the reason IContinue reading “Turning To God”

Know Hope

The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.” (Zechariah 3:4) God desires to clean his children from the dirt of a sinful world, in which we now live. Continue reading “Know Hope”