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Trusting God in All Things

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV)"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are...

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Getting THrough Tough Times

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV) "Getting-through times”, those times we go through that we have not chosen and...

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It’s Against My Religion

You've likely heard the phrase, “It's against my religion”, used as an excuse to avoid unpleasant tasks. You'll also know that religions tend to have forbidden practices. That's true across the branches of Christianity. Can you think of any that apply to you now? Or...

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Love Over Fear

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalm 27:1 ESV) "You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you." (Deuteronomy 3:22 ESV)Wake up sleeper, open your...

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Nervous?

I don't know why certain things make me nervous, but they do. Take, for example, the little dinner party I had planned for our neighbours yesterday. When I awoke yesterday morning, I was literally shaking, even though I had already done all the work in advance! And...

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Sleepless Nights

"Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches." (2 Corinthians 11:28 NIV) Like most pastors, I often wake up in the middle of the night thinking about and worrying over people in the congregation that I serve. I guess that...

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What IS Prayer, Anyway?

What is prayer, anyway? Critics say it is a crutch. It is something the Christians do to make them feel better, because it is just that: Something they can actually do in a situation where they are helpless! Unfortunately I suspect that many Christians have only a...

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Looking Ahead

"Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."...

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Jesus Freaks

As a young teenager, I took music lessons at a local music school. My teacher, a nice young man and very patient instructor, surprised me one day by venting against Jesus Freaks.  Not being committed to my faith and questioning Christian teaching, I was afraid to...

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