It is a beautiful paradox that the more God’s we become, the more ourselves we become—the “self” he had in mind when he thought of you before the creation of the world. She’s in there; she might be badly bruised and covered with all sorts of muck...READ MORE
In order to understand what compels Jesus, you must keep in mind the distinction between the laws of God and the laws of men, and furthermore, that magnificent difference between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law.
Jesus sets...READ MORE
The story of Eve holds such rich treasures for us to discover. The essence and purpose of a woman are unveiled here in the story of her creation. These profound, eternal, mythic themes are written not just here in the coming of Eve, but in the...READ MORE
“He is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.”
2 Samuel 23:4
What makes your heart awaken? For what awakens your heart is worth paying...READ MORE
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline.
Hebrews 6:18–19 The Message
The hope and promise of...READ MORE
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 nlt
The thing you are made for is the renewal of all things. God has given you a heart for his kingdom—not...READ MORE
You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.
At the Fall, why did God curse Adam and Eve with an emptiness that nothing would be able to fill? Wasn’t life going to be hard enough out there in...READ MORE
Long before [God] laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.
Ephesians 1:4 The Message
We exercise because we want to grow stronger;...READ MORE
Is anything too hard for the Lord?
January 1. A brand-new year. It’s the time of year we start thinking about making changes. This year, rather than writing a quick list of resolutions that we’ll likely forget...READ MORE
He who testifies to all these things says it again: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there soon!” Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 The Message
There’s nothing like stepping out your door into the beckoning world. This is why...READ MORE
Out of that terrible travail of soul, he’ll see that it’s worth it and be glad he did it. Through what he experienced, my righteous one, my servant, will make many “righteous ones,” as he himself carries the burden of their sins.
“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. ... His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’ ”
Matthew 25:19–21 The Message
“Come!” say the Spirit and the Bride. Whoever hears, echo, “Come!” Is anyone thirsty? Come! All who will, come and drink, drink freely of the Water of Life!
Revelation 22:17 The Message
Two ideas are absolutely basic to a...READ MORE
What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 2:19–20
Where is this supposed coming? The current expression...READ MORE
[My] labor pains for you ... will continue until Christ is fully developed in your lives.
Galatians 4:19 nlt
And so you’ve celebrated Christmas, the coming of Jesus to this world. And what a thing to celebrate! The entire...READ MORE
They will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.”
Matthew 1:23 nlt
I was listening to a few refrains from “O Holy Night”: “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices” and something deep in my spirit said, O yes...READ MORE
The angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
Luke 2:13–14 nlt
As I reflect upon the...READ MORE
Her child was snatched away from the dragon. ... Then there was war in heaven.
Revelation 12:5, 7 nlt
I would pay good money to have a nativity scene with Revelation 12 included. Not only would it capture the imagination,...READ MORE