Living WITHOUT – Write 31 Days – 2015

How Will They Hear WITHOUT Someone Telling Them?

You’re at dinner with some friends. Or maybe you are standing in a long line at the grocery store. Maybe you are sitting next to someone at a football game. You might even be chatting on the couch with a family member. The conversation starts out light. But as time moves on, the topic changes from every-day stuff, to serious, and then you hear something like … I just don’t know if I can do this anymore. It’s too much. Every time I turn on the news I hear about tragedy after tragedy. Will it ever get any better? My kids… Read More ›

Repentance WITHOUT Regret

Thank God we who are in Christ are not condemned! “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1, NLT). But we still sin. Just because we are saved, does not mean that we stop sinning. Certainly we sin less. But sin is not eradicated from our lives. In fact, we might even find ourselves in a period of continual sin in a particular area. This does not please God. As any loving father would, God will deal with us and our sin. The Holy Spirit will convict us of our sin. When we… Read More ›

In Christ, You Are WITHOUT Condemnation!

Many years ago I messed up pretty big. (Well, it happens much more often than I’d like to admit.) But this particular situation involved a close friend. Honestly, I can’t remember all of the details anymore. But … I was guilty. I remember getting a call from my friend–a call I had to take alone. We talked about the situation for a while. Then she said the words, I forgive you, Dianne. I was stunned. I almost couldn’t reply. In our family, we say I’m sorry; will you forgive me? on a pretty regular basis. But between friends, not so much…. Read More ›

We Can’t Please God WITHOUT Faith

The assignment was due at 11:59 p.m. She uploaded it a few minutes after 11:00. Then…I heard a gasp and, “Only two pages?” Yesterday I wrote about Hope–not earthly hope, but biblical hope. I was fixing to be (yes, I am from Texas) tested in this very area–although it took me a while to recognize it. One of my daughters had a major assignment for the long weekend. She worked on it off and on, and then in earnest last night–saving her document as she went. However, we had a computer glitch, and all of her hard work was lost…. Read More ›


We don’t talk about hope when all is going well. When things are cookin’ along smoothly, there is no reason to. There is no expectation that things will take a nose dive. But they will–eventually. I’m not trying to be fatalistic. It’s simply a fact of life. We live in a fallen world. As a result, at one time or another (and again, later) our circumstances will stink. That’s when we talk about hope. That’s when it counts. When things are not going well. Because we are hoping for something better, for a turn-around. For things to improve. People don’t look for hope… Read More ›

Jesus–Our Lamb WITHOUT Blemish

Have you ever been in a situation where you were stuck and needed a way out? Maybe you overcommitted yourself. You needed to be in one place, but it meant missing something else so much more important. Just when it seemed like there was no solution, someone else volunteered to take your place. It cost them something significant as well. But that person loved you and didn’t want you to miss out on the other thing that was so important. In a much greater way, Jesus did that for us. This week we look at the great salvation we have… Read More ›

Worship–Jesus, Firm Foundation

I love that we can worship the Lord any time. I especially love that there is worship music for any taste. Here is a relatively new song, inspired by the traditional hymn, “How Firm a Foundation.” Worship for your Sunday morning that focuses on Jesus Christ–our firm foundation! WITHOUT Christ as our firm foundation, our lives end in shambles.   Enjoy Mike Donehey’s “Jesus, Firm Foundation.”1   1Donehey, Mike, Steven Curtis. Chapman, and Mark Hall, writers. Jesus, Firm Foundation. Hymns of Worship. Provident Label Group, 2013, CD.