Learning Obedience

7 During his days on earth, Christ offered prayers and requests with loud cries and tears as his sacrifices to the one who was able to save him from death. He was heard because of his godly devotion.  8  Although he was a Son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.   Hebrews 5:7-8 If Jesus…

Bitterness to Wholeness

9 A composition by Judah’s King Hezekiah when he was sick and then recovered from his sickness:  10    I thought, I must depart in the prime of my life; I have been relegated to the gates of the underworldg for the rest of my life.  11 I thought, I won’t see the LORD. The…

Running the Race

Heb. 12:1    So then let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up,  2  and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter….

The Lord, Our Discipliner

your rod and your staff—they comfort me. Psalm 23:4b Spend time with this week’s memory verse today. The Shepherd’s rod and staff were used for protection and correction of his sheep. Can you think of a time when you have felt God’s correction in your life? How could such discipline be a comfort to you?…

Sons and Daughters

5  and you have forgotten the encouragement that addresses you as sons and daughters:  My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline  or give up when you are corrected by him,  6 because the Lord disciplines whomever he loves,  and he punishes every son or daughter whom he accepts. 7   Bear hardship for…

Genuine Faith

6  You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials.  7  This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine…

Absolutely Nothing

34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it…

Facing Trials

James 1:2   My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy,  3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance;  4 and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.  James 1:2-4 While it may be…

Light Shines in the Darkness

5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.  6 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the…

You are Mine

1But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm…

The Lord, Our Keeper

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I fear no evil;for you are with me; Psalm 23:4a Spend time with this week’s memory verse today. What are the dark valleys you have moved through in your life? How was God present to you in them? How did God lead you through them? If you are…

Calling the Lost

1    In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple.  2 Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two…