The Essential Jesus – Psalm 14

The Essential Jesus

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Psalm 14 There are those who say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are foolish and their minds have been corrupted with my enemy’s lies. To live with this belief is to live without restraint, doing whatever pleases you, completely disregarding what is right and good. For without me, there is not one person in all {Read More}

The Essential Jesus – Genesis 3

The Essential Jesus

You can read about the origins of this blog series on The Essential Jesus here and catch up on previous posts here. Genesis 3 When the serpent came and deceived Eve in Our garden, it deeply grieved Our hearts as We watched it unfold. Though We knew it would happen, that didn’t lessen the pain We felt as something so precious and innocent and pure was lost for the rest of time. Sadly, Adam and Eve’s story has continued to {Read More}

Fear of Disappointing God

I recently received the opportunity to read and review Max Lucado’s upcoming book “Fearless”, which is scheduled to be released on September 8th and on which date you will get to read my thoughts on it. Until then, I have to keep it “hush-hush”, but I am already being touched by it and God is putting His finger on some things in my heart. I’ve known for a while that I struggle with fear. I fear losing those I love. {Read More}

Relentless

For the last year, a small group of us have been studying the book of Song of Songs as part of our devotional lives, but also as a part of our worship team as we have been singing and praying the passages at our house of prayer. Believe it or not, it’s taken us a year just to make it to the end of chapter 2!! But we were never in any rush and have been quite content to linger {Read More}

Making Ready a People Prepared

Lately I’ve been reading and meditating on Isaiah chapters 61 to 63 which contains several scriptures pertaining to the coming of the Messiah, both His first coming and His second.  The verse which stuck out to me recently though was Isaiah 62:10 which says, “Pass through, pass through the gates!  Prepare the way for the people.  Build up, build up the highway!  Remove the stones.  Raise a banner for the nations.” Prepare the way for the Lord I believe this {Read More}

Turning & Resisting

Return to Me There is a key portion of scripture in Joel 2 in which the Lord says, “…return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” The prophet continues on to say, “Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly…” (vs. 12-17) There is far too {Read More}

He Deserves Better

The other day, I had been reading about how Jesus was our scapegoat and how He carried the weight of our sin for us. I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but then later that night I rented a movie… Now, I’m pretty sure that Holy Spirit prompted me to walk away and I think I knew that I shouldn’t have watched it – but I ignored His small voice and watched it anyway, naively hoping it {Read More}

Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:45-46 (NKJV) Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 1 Corinthians 6:19-21 (NIV) …You are not your own; you were bought at a price… Hosea 3:1-3 (The Message) Then God ordered me, “Start all over: Love your wife again, your wife who’s in bed with her latest boyfriend, your cheating wife. Love her the {Read More}

Where are you?

Recently, the Lord brought it to my attention that I had been avoiding Him. Avoiding a lot of things, actually. I realized that I had been avoiding dealing with some issues of my heart that had come up & had thought that perhaps if I just pretended my problems didn’t exist, then maybe they would just go away on their own. Well, it turns out that instead of disappearing, they only grew worse! So finally, I gave in and began {Read More}