Stuck. We’ve all been there. Stuck in the past. Stuck in the present. Stuck worrying about the future. What do we do, and how do we run after God when all we feel is stuck? The man by the pool of Bethesda had been sick for 38 years while lying right next to the place of healing, waiting for someone …Read More »
Tag Archives: Bible
When God’s Blessings Are Conditional
We all want favorable blessings in life. But do we wait patiently and meet God’s conditions for them? Throughout many life events and issues, we want or hope for certain outcomes. Some of those include pursuing a promotion, getting a better job, finding a girlfriend/boyfriend or spouse, buying a house or car or making investments in the financial markets. Granted, …Read More »
Overcoming Loneliness With The Power Of Hope
Years ago I drove three hours across Iowa from Des Moines through Cedar Falls to the tiny little town of Dyersville, just a few miles off of Highway 20. I rolled down my window and I could hear its music: the sound of gravel crunching beneath my tires and the wind rustling through the corn. Though I’d never been there …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 9 – What Will You Do With Jesus?
“What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” Pilate asked. (Matthew 27:22) The most important question you will ever answer is, What will you do with Jesus? It is not arbitrary; an answer must always be given. This question comes to everyone to answer of their own free will. Acceptance or rejection. How we answer defines …Read More »
ABCs For Single Parenting: Part 12
The ABCs (Absolute Basic Criteria) for Raising Spiritually Sensitive Children – Part 12 The Bible provides sufficient principles for child rearing, but it does not give us a detailed blueprint for every action. Let’s keep in mind that God’s Word speaks clearly of the righteous goal for parenting: “Be ye holy for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). It is …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 8 – Do You Love Me?
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:15) Just before His crucifixion, Jesus spent some final, tender moments with His disciples. He washed their feet and then ate dinner with them during what is known as the Last Supper. In that warm, bonding atmosphere, Jesus told Peter he would soon deny Him. Not …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 7 – Do You Want To Get Well?
When Jesus saw him lying there … he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Picture yourself walking through a hospital, surrounded by sick, hurting and scared people. Some have been recently admitted; others have been there days, possibly weeks. Now imagine walking up to someone who has been there for 38 years and asking him, “Hey, …Read More »
God Wants To Know: Part 6 – Why Are You So Afraid?
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40) Who is foolish enough to plan a sailing trip knowing a storm is headed straight for him? Well, Jesus did (Mark 4:35-41). Of course, it makes a big difference when you know you will safely arrive at your intended destination in spite …Read More »
God Wants to Know: Part 5 – What Are You Doing Here?
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (I Kings 19:9) In addition to asking about our past, God often questions the present. It is one thing to agree with God about past failures; it is quite another to discuss my present course of action. Confessing to a mistake is admission of something I …Read More »
God Wants to Know: Part 4 – Where Have You Been?
When he went in and stood before his master, Elisha asked him, “Where have you been, Gehazi?” (II Kings 5:25) No matter where you go, God is there. Jonah could not outswim God. Paul ran into God on the dusty Damascus road. Even King David pondered the inescapability from God: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I …Read More »