• I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ. They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” And they praised God because of me. (Galatians 2:22-24)

    Paul had a story to tell.  It was a story of sin and grace, a story of tragedy and triumph.  It was his life story.  And it was definitely a story to tell. (MORE)

  • Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Galatians 1:3-5)

    This Sunday I will be starting a sermon series based on Paul's letter to the Galatians so I thought over the next several weeks I could focus on a few verses from different sections. The overall theme for these devotions is God rescued us. (MORE)

  • For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

    I'm currently reading through the Old Testament book of Jeremiah for my daily Bible reading. Wow! God is patient throughout that book. Consider that when Jeremiah is written to the people of Judah, they've been in their promised land almost 900 years! That's a long time. And in Jeremiah, God reminds the people again and again how unfaithful they've been to him during that time. (MORE)

  • Clap your hands, all you nations;

        shout to God with cries of joy.

    For the Lord Most High is awesome,

        the great King over all the earth.

    God has ascended amid shouts of joy,

        the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.

     (Psalm 47:1-2,5)

    The performance had concluded. It was our first night performing the musical Oklahoma. I was a senior in high school and it was my first high school performance. I had the time of my life. Why did I wait until my Senior year to do this, I wondered to myself? (MORE)