THE BATTLE’S OVER. REALLY.

THE BATTLE’S OVER. REALLY.                           Romans 6:1–11 (NIV)  We were . . . buried with him. Romans 6:4 For twenty-nine years after World War II ended, Hiroo Onoda hid in the jungle, refusing to believe his country had surrendered. Japanese military leaders had dispatched Onoda to a remote island in the Philippines (Lubang) with orders to […]

GOD’S MERCY AT WORK

GOD’S MERCY AT WORK                          1 Samuel 24:1–10 (NIV) May the Lord judge between you and me. 1 Samuel 24:12 My anger percolated when a woman mistreated me, blamed me, and gossiped about me. I wanted everyone to know what she’d done—wanted her to suffer as I’d suffered because of her behavior. I steamed with resentment […]

TIME-TRAVELING LETTERS

TIME-TRAVELING LETTERS                                           1 John 1:1–8 (NIV) The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 1 John 1:2 More than a million young people take part in the International Letter-Writing Competition each year. In 2018, the […]

IN THE FATHER’S WAYS

IN THE FATHER’S WAYS                                               1 Samuel 8:1–9 (NIV) They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. 1 Samuel 8:3 In the 1960s, the bustling community of North Lawndale, on Chicago’s West Side, was a pilot community for interracial living. A handful of middle-class African Americans bought homes there on “contract”—that […]

LOVED, BEAUTIFUL, GIFTED

LOVED, BEAUTIFUL, GIFTED           Romans 8:15–17 (NIV)  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8:16 Malcolm appeared confident as a teenager. But this confidence was a mask. In truth, a turbulent home left him fearful, desperate for approval, and feeling falsely responsible for his family’s problems. “For as far back as […]

DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL (2)

DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL (2)                                            Jeremiah 29:11-14 “That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2 NKJV For a redeemed child of God, nothing in life should be more important than discovering and doing His will. But you have four options: (1) You can remain ignorant of it. […]

DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL (1)

DISCOVERING GOD’S WILL (1)                         Romans 12:1-8  ‘Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.’ Romans 12:2 NIV Trying to discover God’s will for our lives can sometimes feel like an impossible task. We can become stressed out, worrying that we’re going to make the wrong decisions. We can repeatedly ask God to show us the […]

HOW DID I GET HERE?

HOW DID I GET HERE?                                                  Job 2:1–10 Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble? Job 2:10 Tiffani awoke in the pitch-black darkness of an Air Canada jet. Still wearing her seat belt, she’d slept while the other passengers exited and the plane was parked. Why didn’t anyone wake her? How did she get […]