Visited by an Angel

“Some…have…entertained angels without realizing it.” Heb 13:2 NLT One day Debby Gass was driving through Nevada when her sports car ran out of gas. A young woman, alone in a small car, on a desert highway with no one around—it had all the elements that cause us to be afraid. Soon a big tractor-trailer pulled up and a six-foot-tall driver got out and asked, “Can I help you, lady?” When she explained her predicament, he told her to lock her car and come with him to a service station a few miles … [Read more...]

Getting Through Your “Nighttime Experiences”

“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Ps 30:5 NKJV God is with us during our “nighttime experiences.” Think about it; you’ve been knocked down, but by God’s grace you’ve gotten back up. No matter how dark the night, you’ve lived to see the morning. Times change and relationships change, but God is always the same. He’s the one who brought you through every difficulty in the past, and He promises to be with you every day of the future. Note the words “joy comes.” That … [Read more...]

Encourage Your Pastor

“Honor…your leaders in the Lord’s work.” 1Th 5:12 NLT If you want to encourage your pastor: (1) Cut the criticism. Most workers are evaluated each year based on their job performance; pastors are evaluated every week. Remember, if a particular sermon doesn’t scratch where you itch, chances are somebody else needs to hear it. (2) “Remember your leaders who taught you the word” (Heb 13:7 NLT), and pray for their spiritual growth. Goethe said, “If you treat a person as he is, he’ll stay that way. … [Read more...]

There’s No Substitute

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” Jas 4:8 NKJV Author Reimar Schultze writes: “No man can become much like God, accomplish much for God, be intimate with God, be used much of God, unless he has learned to be much alone with God…and what a classroom you’ll find yourself in. You won’t become a carbon copy of other Christians, because there’ll be no one in the class but you and God. In church you can say, ‘This isn’t for me; perhaps it’s for someone else’…Here time is designed to … [Read more...]

That’s the Good News

“Where sin increased, grace increased…more.” Ro 5:20 NIV Bill Wilson and Bob Smith, co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, once visited an attorney who was a hardened alcoholic. Confined because of violent behavior, the man had no choice but to listen to their stories of recovery. But as soon as they started talking about a “Higher Power,” the attorney shook his head and said, “It’s too late for me. I still believe in God but I know He no longer believes in me.” How sad—and misguided! Are you … [Read more...]

The Spirit of Caleb

“My servant Caleb has a different spirit.” Nu 14:24 NIV If Caleb was alive today there’s a good chance he’d qualify for “Person of the Year,” someone who has done the most to influence circumstances for the better. Here’s his story in his own words: “I was forty years old when Moses…sent me…to explore the land… I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed…God … [Read more...]

Set Your Mind (Part 3)

“The mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Ro 8:6 NIV Once you give in to “stinking thinking,” your mood dips, you lose energy, God seems distant, prayer seems pointless, sin looks tempting, and your outlook in life becomes bleak. When that happens you become so focused on how you feel, you don’t realize it’s your thinking that’s causing you to feel that way. It happens to the best of us. Look at Elijah the prophet. The high point in his career was when he called down fire from heaven … [Read more...]

You’re going to get through this storm!

“I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.” Ac 27:25 On his way to Rome, Paul went through a devastating storm. His story teaches us three valuable lessons: (1) Your disobedience can cause a storm. Because the captain wouldn’t heed Paul’s warning, he lost his ship, his cargo, and almost his life. Your disobedience can cause a storm in your health, your finances, your family, and your career. God doesn’t preface His commandments by saying, “If you feel like it, do this.” No. He … [Read more...]

Be a Burden Bearer

“Carry each other’s burdens, and…you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Gal 6:2 NIV Everyone you meet is hiding something, and it’s not because they’re deceptive. It’s because some wounds are too personal to talk about. When you receive a harsh word from your husband, the pain can be too deep to discuss. Or when your husband hears acid words from you, he’s crushed inside but can’t show it. So you both go off to lick your wounds, and try to avoid comments and questions from others. Is that where … [Read more...]

How it All Ends

“They shall see his face…they shall reign forever and ever.” Rev 22:4-5 NKJV In order to know how a story ends, you must read the last chapter. And in Revelation chapter 22, the final chapter of the Bible, we read about two glorious prospects that will be enjoyed by every redeemed child of God. Let’s look at them: (1) “They shall see His face.” One of the greatest joys of heaven will be seeing the faces of our departed loved ones and spending eternity with them. But thrilling though that may … [Read more...]