Am I Job or Joseph? – Part II

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.” Hebrews 11:13 (NIV) Last time we were together we talked about some of the differences between Joseph andContinue reading “Am I Job or Joseph? – Part II”

Am I Job or Joseph? – Part I

“Joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined. But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those heldContinue reading “Am I Job or Joseph? – Part I”

Same Answer, Different Angle

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” Galatians 5:1 (The Message)   I was having a conversation with the youth pastor at our church, Pastor Justin, several months ago.  We were getting to know each other andContinue reading “Same Answer, Different Angle”

I Know That I Know That I Know – Part II

“There are so many things I won’t understand on this side of heaven. I just won’t. There are some things that we will never understand. We just have to trust that God has a plan and that He is working it out for our good. Even if that good isn’t felt in the moment.” (MindyContinue reading “I Know That I Know That I Know – Part II”

I Know That I Know That I Know – Part I

“God has a plan…And everything does happen for a reason. In fact, Paul tells us to ‘know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’…His promise isn’t that bad things don’t happen…His promise is that God can turn every circumstance into somethingContinue reading “I Know That I Know That I Know – Part I”

His Love Motivates Me – Part III

 “Going a little farther, He fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. ‘Abba, Father,” He said, ‘everything is possible for You. Take this cup from Me. Yet not what I will, but what You will.’” Mark 14:35 (NIV) My journey with fear hasn’t been a secret toContinue reading “His Love Motivates Me – Part III”

His Love Motivates Me – Part II

“Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Mark 14:25 (NIV) Last time we were together, I was talking about the sermon series our senior pastor gave and how his explanation of heaven and hellContinue reading “His Love Motivates Me – Part II”

His Love Motivates Me – Part I

“Redemption: the act of saving people from sin and evil” (Merriam-Webster online Dictionary)   This past spring, our senior pastor, Pastor James, has been preaching a series titled, The Promise.The entire series has been wonderful but the third and fourth weeks were especially powerful – explaining truths in a different way from how I learnedContinue reading “His Love Motivates Me – Part I”

The Real Definition of Love

“You know, we can love someone without approving of their actions or behavior. We don’t even have to like them. But we do have to love them…” (Kathi Macias from The Singing Quilt) The more I study Christ’s life while He walked the Earth, the more I realize everything He did was punctuated with love.Continue reading “The Real Definition of Love”