Today in my reading, I was captured by the words of Paul found in Galatians 5:5: “For through the Spirit, we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope.” The life of faith is lived in and through the Spirit of God. Paul reminds us that we are eagerly awaiting for something. Not just waiting but excitedly and expectantly awaiting. Waiting is something we all must do, and…Read More
We wait in hope for the Lord.
Psalm 33 covers a lot of territory. It starts out with an encouragement to praise the Lord. We are told to sing and not just to sing, but to sing joyfully! It is such a great exercise to praise that it not only requires the instrument of our voices, but any other musical instrument that you have handy: “Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. (v2)” The psalmist reminds…Read More
The Love Of Christ Compels Us…
The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:14,” For Christ’s love compels us because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” The word “compels” appears in some translations as “controls” “rules” or “constrains.” All of the words with perhaps the exception of “constrains” are viewed as positive words. Compel means to force or drive. Constrain means also to force or oblige and it can mean…Read More
Today I reconnected with someone we have lost track of over the last 3-4 years. Here name is Nancy. At several of the churches on the Indianapolis District Church of the Nazarene I have mentioned her story. We had become great friends. She entered our lives over five years ago. She was the lady who cut my hair. I have told the story of walking into the hair salon, after…Read More
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
This is how Jesus looked to me growing up. This picture was prominently on display in my grandparents home. It was on the wall in at least two of my Sunday School classes. It has to be admitted, whenever I think of Jesus, this is the image that forms in my mind. Does Jesus look like this picture? I have no idea. Not only do I have a picture of…Read More