What’s in a name? Expectant parents spend hours determining the just-right name for their child, giving great thought to its meaning. In the Bible, names carried significant meaning, too. Sometimes it represented a parent’s hope for their child’s future. Sometimes it represented the current state of their own lives. We find numerous Names of God throughout Scripture. Each of them… Read More
Growing in our relationship with God
God wants us to know Him!
Knowing God was Moses' supreme desire (Exodus 33:12-34:8).
The Apostle Paul wanted to know Christ and participate in His suffering (Philippians 3:8-10). His passion was for fellow believers to to know how wide and long, how high and deep God's love was for them (Ephesians 3:18).
If we want to know God, we must spend time with Him in His Word--because that is the primary way that He makes Himself known. God is pleased when we pursue Him. He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13-14). God delights in us, and we in Him. It is truly the sweetest relationship ever.
Long ago a young Jewish girl received some startling news. As a virgin, she would conceive and give birth to a Son–the Savior of the world (Luke 1:29-33). The people of Israel had been living under a cloud of darkness. But soon, their promised Messiah would be born. Although they didn’t know it, Life and Light, fresh and full of… Read More
On a typical evening, like most neighborhoods, ours is relatively dark. Sparsely spaced streetlights and occasional porch lights provide minimal visibility. Come Christmastime, however, all that changes. Light is everywhere! Some people decorate their houses tastefully. Others look like something out of Chevy Chase’s “Christmas Vacation.” Still others are magnificent displays of blinking lights choreographed to Christmas music. Our family… Read More
Last week our high school football team played its local rival in our “Hometown Throwdown.” As usual, it was a nail-biter of a game. They were ahead for a long time. Then we caught up. Then they were ahead, then we caught up. The final score was determined in the last 2-3 minutes of the game. Sadly, we did not… Read More
A few mornings ago I was reading through my quiet time material, and I realized that I need new glasses. The ones I’m wearing are over two years old. The scratches and smudges distort the lights when I’m driving at night. Sometimes it feels like I’m looking through a star filter on my camera. If you wear glasses, you know what I… Read More
We don’t make choices accidentally. Sure, accidents happen. But when we make a choice, we do so on purpose for a purpose. We choose for a specific reason. Likewise, we were chosen by God for a specific purpose. When I go to the grocery store, I choose everything I put in my basket. (No, the Blue Bell does not jump… Read More
When I think of the word worship, my first thought is music. Oh, how I love music. There are so many varieties to love! To me, music is the language of the heart. The right song at the right time can change everything. Music can calm an angry spirit. It can lift a sad one. Music can get us moving… Read More
If you’re following my posts this month, you know I am giving away some great resources that will grow your relationship with God. The first two were focused on our daily, devotional time with Him. This week I’m taking things a step deeper. When I was young, my mom taught me how to have daily devotions. Eventually she explained that… Read More