Bloom Where You Are Planted

“This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply!…

Wide Open Doors

“The thing that has hindered the progress of the church is not so much our talk and our creeds; but it has been our walk, our conduct, our daily living. We need a revival of Christian example, and that can only come when professed followers of Christ begin to practice Christian discipline.” – Billy Graham.…

Keep the Faith

“Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted in spite of your changing moods.”  – C.S. Lewis.  On a November night in 1873, a ship was struck by another and sunk within minutes. Some 232 people perished in that disaster. Among the dead were the four young daughters of…

Grief and Grace

“He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3.   There are many things in this world to celebrate, but there are also moments that cause us to pause and ask, “is this pain and grief really necessary Lord?”  One way or another, grief will take up temporary residence in our lives: A relationship…

No Pain. No Gain.

“Jesus lost all his glory so that we could be clothed in it. He was shut out so we could get access. He was bound, nailed, so that we could be free. He was cast out so we could approach. And Jesus took away the only kind of suffering that can really destroy you: that…