One of my favorite Bible verses is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which reads, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I have turned to this verse for encouragement during difficult situations in my life. It reminds me that God not only wants us to be happy, but to rejoice in all circumstances. When we are under spiritual attack or we feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges, God instructs us to rejoice! This is the perfect example of the great reversal in the economy of God. But how can we rejoice at the same time that we are experiencing feelings of despair? How can we be joyful in difficult times? The answer is through the power and grace of God via prayer! We are to pray without ceasing. Continue reading
According to Barna Research in their 2016 State of the Church study, of all church attendees, “almost half (46%) attend a church of 100 or fewer members. More than one-third (37%) attend a midsize church of over 100, but not larger than 499. One in 11 (9%) attends a church with between 500 and 999 attenders, and slightly fewer (8%) attend a very large church of 1,000 or more attendees.”
I bring that up because sometimes I think those of us who attend small churches feel like our places of worship are somehow lacking, that they don’t measure up to the megachurches. It’s true that the big churches usually have more money enabling them to offer more programs, flashier services, and larger-than-life productions. But is that what really matters?
But his sister doesn’t think it is quite as funny as Zack, and things start to go wrong…
A fun story about friends and forgiveness, based on the tale of the unforgiving servant.
A Scripture Union Book. Continue reading
John the Baptist had an incredible job. He taught people how God wanted them to live. He called people to repent and turn away from their sins. He stood up against hypocrisy. But the overarching, driving purpose of John’s life was to point people to Jesus.
Was John qualified to do this job? Early in his ministry, we see him bold and confident. Later, in jail, we see him discouraged and even doubting. He didn’t have all the answers. But God didn’t call John because of what John knew. God called John because of what He knew-that John was the one He had uniquely designed to do what He wanted him to do. Continue reading
I thought I would share something I wrote for fun while practicing writing from a child’s perspective. This is a true story. Everyone is about sixty years older by now, and Mom and Dad are no longer living, so there’s no use fussing about whether it was handled in the best way or not. It is what it is. A discussion about spankings is welcome in the comments.
When I was a really little kid like three or four maybe, I learned something about getting a spanking. Continue reading