Losing My Religion

“The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1:5‬ ‭ Costumes. They can be a lot of fun! But they can also be very disturbing… See, a costume is just something you put on your outerContinue reading “Losing My Religion”

Double Portion

“Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:7‬ ‭ Twins are pretty special. I mean, two babies developing in a womb at the same time? A double blessing. Just like these daylilies.Continue reading “Double Portion”

Double Trouble

“The Lord detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭20:23‬ ‭ Have you been getting them too? Crank calls, I mean. The kind that pop up using a familiar area code, but are really from some call centre on the other side of the globe trying to wheedle some data out ofContinue reading “Double Trouble”

Called by Name

“But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:1‬ ‭ Let’s name drop for a moment, shall we? Shiphrah and Puah. No? Not ringing a bellContinue reading “Called by Name”

A Little Lesson on Decorating

“Slaves must always obey their masters and do their best to please them. They must not talk back or steal, but must show themselves to be entirely trustworthy and good. Then they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive in every way.” Titus‬ ‭2:9-10‬ ‭ Really? A verse used in the past byContinue reading “A Little Lesson on Decorating”

Noisemakers

“Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things?”‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭ Behold, the noisemakers. What a bunch. They had obviously hit the jackpot – there was something mighty tiny and mighty tasty getting their feathers mighty ruffled. We heard all aboutContinue reading “Noisemakers”

Curb Appeal

“If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.”‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭2:21‬ ‭ Drive down any street, in any community – and you will know what I mean. You see themContinue reading “Curb Appeal”

Level the Playing Field

“Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭15:10‬ ‭ Let’s get really honest, shall we? We’ve been exploring what it means to have been given a piece of property – a life, an inheritance – and I know you’ve noticed, too. NotContinue reading “Level the Playing Field”

Where the Grass is Greener

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” Psalms‬ ‭16:6‬ ‭ We’ve all done it. I’m guilty, too. We peek over the ‘fence’ into someone else’s life, and think they have it easier, more comfortable, more prosperous. Their children seem more well behaved and well-adjusted. Their vehiclesContinue reading “Where the Grass is Greener”

The Blessing

“Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”” And a few verses later: “Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.””‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1:220, 22 The mighty, rollingContinue reading “The Blessing”