NO FISHING ALLOWED

NO FISHING ALLOWED                                                                 PSALM 130:1-8 Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom knew the importance of forgiveness. In her book Tramp for the Lord, she says her favorite mental picture was of forgiven sins thrown into the sea. “When we confess our sins, God casts them into the deepest ocean, gone forever. . . . I believe […]

STAY OUT OF HARM’S WAY

STAY OUT OF HARM’S WAY                             2 Timothy 2L14-26  ‘Run from anything that stimulates…lusts.’ 2 Timothy 2:22 NLT The Bible sets the scene for us: ‘“You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are! My bed is spread with…coloured sheets of Egyptian linen…Come, let’s drink our fill of […]

BE CONTENT WITH YOUR CALLING (2)

BE CONTENT WITH YOUR CALLING (2)                                  2 Corinthians 5:9-11 ‘We make it our goal to please Him.’ 2 Corinthians 5:9 NIV Paul writes: ‘We make it our goal to please Him… For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things […]

BE CONTENT WITH YOUR CALLING (1)

BE CONTENT WITH YOUR CALLING (1)                                  2 Corinthians 5:1-6          ‘There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving.’ 1 Corinthians 12:5 TLB One of the biggest mistakes you can make in ministry is to compare yourself to someone else. In fact, it’s been said that if any two of […]

RIVALS OR ALLIES?

RIVALS OR ALLIES?                          1 Corinthians 1:10–17  Be perfectly united in mind and thought. 1 Corinthians 1:10 The city of Texarkana sits squarely on the state border between Texas and Arkansas. The city of 70,000 inhabitants has two mayors, two city councils, and two police and fire departments. The cross-town sporting rivalry between high schools draws an […]

THE BATTLE’S OVER. REALLY

THE BATTLE’S OVER. REALLY.                           Romans 6:1-14 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 spy […]

GOD’S MERCY AT WORK

GOD’S MERCY AT WORK                                   1 Samuel 24:1-22 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 until […]

LOVED, BEAUTIFUL, GIFTED

LOVED, BEAUTIFUL, GIFTED                    Romans 8:1-17   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 […]

IN THE FATHER’S WAYS

IN THE FATHER’S WAYS                          1 Samuel 8:1-10 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 combined the responsibilities of home […]

LETTING GO

LETTING GO                                              John 11:21–36 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants. John 11:21–36 “Your father is actively dying,” said the hospice nurse. “Actively dying” refers to the final phase of the dying process and was a new term to me, one that felt strangely like traveling down a […]