• Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

    Not guilty.  Those two satisfying words have been heard by hundreds of people in courtrooms around the world, but the most satisfying has to be when someone who is wrongly convicted hears those words.  There are dozens of examples, sadly, of individuals who were convicted for crimes they didn't commit, only to be exonerated years or decades later.  (MORE)

  • Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4,7)

    Do you have reason to rejoice right now? I'm guessing if you're like most people, including me, your joy and reasons for rejoicing are based on how good the circumstances of your life are. (MORE)

  • Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

        his love endures forever. (Psalm 107:1)

    We have a habit in our family that was a habit my parents instilled in me. We say a prayer before we eat our meals. I'll be honest. We don't do it 100% of the time, but the vast majority of the time we use a prayer that ends with the Bible verse above. The prayer goes like this:

    Come Lord Jesus, be our guest, and let these gifts to us be blessed.

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

    It's a simple prayer, but especially at Thanksgiving, it reminds us to give thanks to the one who blessed us with our food and everything else we have. (MORE)

  • Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

    When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

    Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God. (Psalm 146:3-5)

    Did you know there was an election last week? Maybe it was the avalanche of campaign mail that gave it away or the hours of campaign ads. Around the big election cycles, there's always a lot of worrying, praying, hand wringing, cheering, celebrating, and who knows what else. All that because we want our candidate to win because we think if this candidate wins then perhaps things will turn around. Or the problems will start to be solved. Or at the very least, THAT person won't be in office to cause as much trouble. (MORE)