Why Salvation Smells Like Death to Some People

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To one we are the aroma that brings death; to the other an aroma that brings life (2 Corinthians 15-16). Jesus Christ is the giver of the Holy Spirit through the Father.  The Holy…

Your Whole New Life Can Begin Today

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the un-godly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for…

The Doubter is Destined to Drift

“As pharaoh approached, the Israelite’s looked up, and there were Egyptians marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord: “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die?” (Exodus 10-11) Moses tells the Israelite’s to be still and the Lord will fight for…

The Best Trade Deal Ever

One definition of ‘trade’ reads: “To exchange articles of more or less even value.” I traded in: Addiction for freedom; anger for peace; loneliness for love; self-pity for empowerment; emptiness for fulfillment; shame for honor; failure for success; aimlessness for purpose; and sorrow for joy. Who would make a deal like that? It’s Jesus Christ,…

I Got your Butterflies (and so much more)

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20). I was on a hike with some friends a while back when I tried to catch a photo of a beautiful butterfly but I wasn’t fast enough…

Love Really is all that Matters

A Grant study done over a 75-year period determined that love is the secret to a fulfilling life, which probably comes as no surprise to you. In fact, one man named Godfrey went into the study with bleak prospects for life satisfaction. He had the lowest rating for future stability and had previously attempted suicide….

Put Your Faith in the Water Walker

When we were in Israel we sailed across the Lake of Galilee. It was glorious! Rays of sunlight glistened through the clouds creating heavenly beams of light that illuminated the water. I couldn’t believe I was in the same place where Jesus calmed the wind and waves. Perhaps we were even sailing near where He…

You are Known

“Your saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (Psalm 139:16). I believe wanting to be known is one of our greatest desires. I’m not talking about basic things like favorite hobbies or hangouts. I’m talking…

Is God Bigger Than Your Problems?

“The LORD is close to the Brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Life on earth is so short and no amount of fame, money, brilliance, talent, charisma or good looks can bring happiness. They’re all transitory. I know that if God hadn’t intervened in my life, I would have eventually…

It’s Never too Late to Bloom Again

The announcement of spring is like a canvas of color decorating the ground across the fields and valleys. It ascends through the trees where branches bud new life, birds sing, and nature awakens once more. It’s a great reminder that new beginnings belong to the cycle of life, and no matter what’s happened in yours,…

Triumph Through Tragedy

“In all things, God works for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). In the true story The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom and her family are put into a concentration camp for hiding Jews during WWII. While incarcerated they continue spreading God’s love to other prisoners. When Corrie is released she helps…

Stay in the Boat

Dr. David Jeremiah said: “It’s safer in the storm with Jesus in the boat than it is on the shore without Him.” The problem is that it doesn’t always feel safe in the storm. I’m always tempted to take the easy way out. But it’s most likely ‘in the storm’ where we will learn to…