PROMISES OF A PEACEFUL HOME

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid. Micah 4:4 Micah 4:1–5 Psalms 97–99; Romans 16 Sixty-five million. That’s the number of refugees in our world today—people who have had to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution—and it’s higher than it’s…

UNDER GOD’S WINGS.

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. Psalm 91:4 Psalm 91 Psalms 91–93; Romans 15:1–13 When I think of protection, I don’t automatically think of a bird’s feathers. Though a bird’s feathers might seem like a flimsy form of protection, there is more to them than meets…

LOVE FOR CHILDREN

Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. Matthew 19:14 nlt Matthew 18:1–10 Psalms 89–90; Romans 14 Thomas Barnado entered the London Hospital medical school in 1865, dreaming of life as a medical missionary in China. Barnado soon discovered a desperate…

FROM FEAR TO FAITH

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer. Habakkuk 3:19 Habakkuk 3:16–19 Psalms 87-88; Romans 13 The doctor’s words landed in her heart with a thud. It was cancer. Her world stopped as she thought of her husband and children. They had prayed diligently, hoping for a…

OUR FATHER’S  FACE

Restore us, O God; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80:3 Psalm 80 Psalms 79–80; Romans 11:1–18 I remember my father’s face. It was hard to read. He was a kind man, but stoic and self-contained. As a child, I often searched his face, looking for a smile or…

THE HEART OF CHRIST

Please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.  Exodus 32:32 Exodus 32:21–32 Psalms 77–78; Romans 10 An Australian journalist who spent 400 days in an Egyptian jail expressed mixed emotions when he was released. While admitting his relief, he said he accepted his freedom with incredible concern…

AVAILABLE FOR ALL

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 Mark 10:42–52 Psalms 74–76; Romans 9:16–33 In today’s celebrity-obsessed culture, it isn’t surprising that entrepreneurs are marketing “celebrities as products . . . allowing them to sell their…

ONLY CHRIST CAN SATISFY

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10  Mark 10:28–31; John 10:9–10 Psalms 72–73; Romans 9:1–15 When I stopped by to visit my sister’s family, my nephews eagerly showed me their new chore system, a set of Choropoly boards. Each colorful electronic board keeps track of their…

REFLECTING GOD’S LOVE

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. Exodus 34:29 Exodus 34:29–35 Psalms 70–71; Romans 8:22–39 I had the privilege of serving as my mom’s caregiver during her treatments…

The Holy Spirit

  Topics.  Who is the Holy Spirit Why do I need the Holy Spirit  The Holy Spirit is God  The purpose of the Holy Spirit  History and background  A serious biblical warning  Does the Holy Spirit exist?  The Holy Spirit helps others using you.  The counsellor The comforter The guide  The protector The seal The will…

PEACE AND TRUST

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 Isaiah 26:1– 9 Psalms 63–65; Romans 6 When I was six years old I rode a roller coaster for the first…

GIFT Of SERVING GOD

August 2 The Professor’s Confession Tim Gustafson This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. 1 John 3:16 1 John 3:11–18 Psalms 60–62; Romans 5 Horrified by his students’ poor writing habits, renowned author and college professor David Foster Wallace considered how he might improve their skills….