Pain

I am about to collapse from constant pain. I told you my sins, and I am sorry for them. Many deadly and powerful enemies hate me, and they repay evil for good because I try to do right. You are the Lord God! Stay nearby and don’t desert me. You are the one who saves…

Children and Suffering

Herod’s brutal action fulfilled what God had spoken through the prophet Jeremiah (31:15): “A cry was heard in Ramah— weeping and great mourning. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are dead.” – Matthew 2:18 (NLT) There are people who are going to see the title of this devotion and they…

How to be Perfect

Therefore, having so vast a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, and throwing off everything that hinders us and especially the sin that so easily entangles us, let us keep running with endurance the race set before us, fixing our attention on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of the faith, who, in view of the joy…

Forgiving Myself

The instructions of theLord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lordare trustworthy, making wise the simple. The commandments of the Lordare right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of theLord are clear, giving insight for living. Reverence for theLord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of theLord are true; each one…

HOLY FEAR

What does this phrase, “holy fear,” mean? Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. – Proverbs 9:10 (NLT) Fear theLord, you holy ones of his; for those who fear him lack nothing. – Psalm 34:9 (ISV) In the council of the holy ones God…

Volunteering

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, will you do us a favor?” Jesus asked them what they wanted, and they answered, “When you come into your glory, please let one of us sit at your right side and the other at your left.” – Mark 10:35-37 (CEV)…

My Worst Sin!

[Jesus said,] “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” – John 3:17 (CEV) What is the worst sin you have ever done? I don’t have to list a bunch of possibilities because you know what that sin is. It is there, in the…

I Have the Cross

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV) I don’t think that I can really understand how foolish the Cross is until I see myself living in a season in which I…