Ah-Ha!

Learning about the culture and language of Bible times can reveal new meaning in familiar scriptures. Let’s call them ah-ha moments.

Making Space for the Kingdom of God

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 (NLT) I’m steeped in 3rd century church history right now and learning how monasteries got started. I’ve always found this simple life of devotion appealing. Had I been Catholic, I’d have considered becoming a…

Believing ‘In’ or Believing ‘That’

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:17 (NLT) I’ve been exploring the expansion of the church after the New Testament. All the church had to work with were oral accounts of Jesus’ teaching, the Jewish scriptures, Paul’s letters, and the Holy…

God Answers Unspoken Prayers

And four great beasts came up out of the sea… Daniel 7:3(ESV) Warning: I can be one of those beasts. The following story is evidence that God answers even unspoken prayers. For me, Holy Week is the most meaningful of the whole year. I’ve been complaining (not praying) that I will miss Maundy Thursday, Good…

The Privilege of Faith

For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for Him. Philippians 1:29 (NLT) Are we privileged? No matter our position in this world, as believers we are distinctly privileged to trust Christ and claim all God’s promises. Do we forget our place in God’s…

Ah-Ha! Burning from Within

The angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush.  Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:2-3 (NIV) Ah-ha! The…

Where to Look for Help

I lift up my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! Psalm 121:1-2 (NLT) This verse has always inspired me. I love nature and see God revealing Himself in all of creation. Sunrises, mountain views, any kind of water –…

Be Prepared….How?

Therefore, keep alert, because you don’t know the day or the hour. Matthew 25:13 (CEB) My devotional book has me pondering what being ready for Jesus’ second coming looks like. Today’s verse summarizes Jesus’ lesson from the parable about ten bridesmaids who are awaiting the groom’s arrival. Five have planned ahead and brought spare fuel…

It Really Happened

For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes….we ourselves heard that voice from heaven. 2 Peter 1:16,18 (NLT) The more I study Scripture, the more I’m convinced it really happened. Peter was with…

Pleasantly Surprised by Prayerful Poetry

Surprise! I am enjoying poetry as prayer. Poetry is usually too flowery for me, but this poem is practical and straightforward. Except for the ‘thee and thou’ language, it expresses my heart. I invite you to read the following poem slowly as though it were your personal prayer to God: Oh Jesus, I have promised…

What Does it Mean to be Holy?

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written; “Be holy because I am holy.”     1 Peter 1:14-15 (NIV)   One of the first things I’ve learned…

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