Daily December Devotional — Day 19

Today’s Verses: Luke 1:67-75 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said throughContinue reading “Daily December Devotional — Day 19”

Daily December Devotional — Day 18

Today’s Verses: Luke 1:59-66 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” ThenContinue reading “Daily December Devotional — Day 18”

Daily December Devotional — Day 12

Today’s Verses: Jeremiah 23:5-6 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name byContinue reading “Daily December Devotional — Day 12”

December Devotional Day 1

Ironically, Christmas is a season in which you could look around at our culture and ask: “What does Jesus have to do with Christmas?” and conclude that the answer is “nothing.” I am not getting pulled into that trap. So, I’m seeking to bathe myself in the story of Jesus’ birth as told in God’sContinue reading “December Devotional Day 1”

Life This Week

This is a short work week for most people in the United States because of Thanksgiving. But it can be a tough week because for every perfect, turkey-laden table out there, there is a person sitting alone at home overcome with loneliness and sadness. For every smiling, happy family, there is a family in tatters,Continue reading “Life This Week”

Life This Week

My friends Lawrence and Martha Temfwe, who live in Ndola, Zambia, strengthen my faith and encourage me to continue to grow and surrender my life to God. They don’t do it through words, but through their lives, their example. I don’t mean their courageous acts (visiting people suffering with HIV/AIDS, carrying for orphans, building theContinue reading “Life This Week”

Life This Week

Today in my Scripture reading, I read Colossians 3:1-17 and realized immediately that I needed to memorize these verses. They are powerful, and convicting, and hopeful. I want to know them deep in my soul. As I read these verses aloud several times, these are the phrases that I circled or underlined with my pencil,Continue reading “Life This Week”

There Are Some Things I Don’t…

(photo source) I have been writing this series of blog posts responding to fears that a friend of mine raised about becoming a Christian.  I am grouping the next three together because they are related: I don’t know enough. I don’t want to give up stuff I love. I don’t really think I need it.Continue reading “There Are Some Things I Don’t…”

My Friends and Family Wouldn’t Get It

This is the second fear my friend identified as we talked about why the idea of becoming a follower of Jesus scared her:  her friends and family wouldn’t get it and she’d be alone. The best response to the fear “my friends and family wouldn’t get it,” is: “Yes, that’s true.  Most of them won’t. Continue reading “My Friends and Family Wouldn’t Get It”