Romans 8:16
on November 25th, 2020
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.Romans 8:16 There was one summer when our family went to the Adventureland amusement park. It was a little kid’s dream except for the fact that the teacups gave me more intensity than I wanted to feel on any ride. One specific memory I have was when our family was walking down one of the big pathways. People were everywhere, a...  Read More
Luke 4:18-19
on November 24th, 2020
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Luke 4:18-19 When Jesus began his ministry, he quoted these verses from the book of Isaiah. He then followed his reading in the synagogue by sayi...  Read More
2 Timothy 1:6-8
on November 23rd, 2020
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid,but gives us power, love and self-discipline.2 Timothy 1:6-8 Is suffering normal? Sometimes it feels like certain folks have a disproportionate amount of suffering compared to others. I know a kid from my past who lost his dad and his mom in a short time span. My wife lost her father when she was in high school. My neighbors have watched their prec...  Read More
Ephesians 3:16
on November 20th, 2020
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with powerthrough his Spirit in your inner being.Ephesians 3:16 We knew it was going to be a big surgery. Our nineteen-year-old son was in need of a specialized surgeon to remove a pancreatic tumor, and we had eventually found that doctor in Baltimore, at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The staff had warned us that the surgery would last at ...  Read More
Romans 8:14
on November 19th, 2020
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.Romans 8:14 The Bible is full of dichotomies. In the book of Proverbs we hear a lot about wisdom and folly. Throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament we hear about life and death. In the New Testament we hear about this concept of life in the Spirit and life in the flesh. The flesh and Spirit represent opposing desires. Es...  Read More
Titus 3:5-6
on November 18th, 2020
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.Titus 3:5-6 My daughter Lainey is obsessed with using silverware right now. Anytime I eat with a spoon or fork, Lainey thinks she needs one too, even when the food she's eatin...  Read More
Romans 5:3-5
on November 17th, 2020
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.Romans 5:3-5 Our hearts and minds war against the first part of this verse. We simply don’t want to believe th...  Read More
Matthew 29:18-20
on November 16th, 2020
Read Matthew 29:18-20 Funny thing about authority, we don’t always like it. If you have children, you know what I am talking about. My kids, some more than others, can come up with some pretty creative ways to not do what I say. I remember one day I was finishing some drywall in my house when the doorbell rang. I set the hammer down that I was using and I looked at my son and said, "do not touch t...  Read More
Psalm 51:1-13
on November 13th, 2020
Read Psalm 51:1-13 We were never made to carry our own sin. But we almost always hate to confess it. Even something as simple as asking who left the milk out all night can end up being a complete mystery, with no one owning up to a little forgetfulness. We so desire to be right that we can refuse to admit even our simple mistakes. It’s noticeable in our kids too. When they carry guilt for a sinful...  Read More
Ephesians 4:30
on November 12th, 2020
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.Ephesians 4:30 In ancient history, as well today, a seal on an envelope, document, or contract revealed the origin. A seal helps remove questions of whether or not the sender or signer is who they say they are. When something has a seal, we can have confidence to trust the sender. The origin of an envelope...  Read More
Romans 15:13
on November 11th, 2020
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 There are two different types of people in this world. Those who will never let their gas tank drop below a quarter of a tank, and then those who are still out driving when their dash reads ‘zero miles until empty.’ No matter which one of these peo...  Read More
2 Corinthians 3:17
on November 10th, 2020
Now the Lord is the Spirit;and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2 Corinthians 3:17 Have you ever had the chance to look into a kid’s eyes when they grasp some new concept or ability? I have loved teaching each of my kids to ride a bike. There’s the ‘don’t let go’ phase where you are running behind them, hunched over with your hand on the back of the seat. Then there’s the phase wh...  Read More