Ways to Prepare Your Heart For the Holiday Season

by D.G. Shipton 2017 In this Holiday Season of busyness we need to remember to refocus our hearts on the real meaning of the season. Here are 5 things you might try to do this year alone or with your family to prepare your hearts and minds for the Christmas Season. Take time to read … Continue reading Ways to Prepare Your Heart For the Holiday Season


Ready For The Season

Ephesians 6:10-20 Do you remember playing games as a child.  Many games of tag or other outdoor activities started with the words, "Ready, set, go!" We are instructed by Paul to be ready. Twice, in his writing to the Ephesians about the Armor of God Paul speaks of being ready. Ephesians 6:15 and with your … Continue reading Ready For The Season

The Rest of the Story

  Mark 16:1-8 Growing up I was blessed as many people were with Paul Harvey's "The Rest of the Story".  We enjoyed the way he put a story together to draw you in, and then when you were hooked he could reveal some great treasure, in the rest of the story. The book of Mark, … Continue reading The Rest of the Story

Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Jesus was born to show that God is open to accepting the outsiders in our world. He was born an outsider of sorts, in his time. His mother was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, and so no one in society would have seen this family as normal. In fact, we are told, in Matthew 1:18-25, … Continue reading Jesus Welcomed the Outsiders

Good News in Tough Times

Isaiah 61:1-3 This passage in Isaiah was a passage of hope to the Jewish people, who had been looking forward to hope, help, and restoration for over 700 years. Shortly after Isaiah’s time the Glory of God left the temple in Jerusalem, and the capital city fell under the rule of foreigners. Although, the temple … Continue reading Good News in Tough Times

Courage in the Lord

Joshua 1:9 New Living Translation (NLT) 9 This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” What is courage? I asked some young people recently if courage simply means that we jump into a situation with both feet? Is courage … Continue reading Courage in the Lord

Using Gifts in Spiritual Mauturity

Genesis 37 Joseph, the Dreamer is growing up the favored son of his father Jacob.  Then in his youth, he begins to become gifted in dreams and interpretation.  However, this great gift of God isn't used in the best way when he first starts using it.  He tells his family, it seems boldly, about all … Continue reading Using Gifts in Spiritual Mauturity