On Being Refreshed

A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

-Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)

We often hear the saying, “You gotta take time for yourself.” It’s the world’s expression, and like many expressions of the world apart from God, it … Read more

From Temporary to Eternity

Dear Friends, the following is an excerpt from my new Bible study called “From Temporary to Eternity: A Journey Through 1 & 2 Peter.” It will be available on September 11, 2016.

All flesh is like grass, and all its Read more

Job’s Response As an Example in Suffering

20 Then Job stood up, tore his robe, and shaved his head. He fell to the ground and worshiped, 21 saying:

Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will leave this life.
The Lord gives, and the

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With Jesus, We Can Get Through Times of Oppression

All the days of the oppressed are miserable,
but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:15

We face times of difficulty and misery when we are dealing with any kind of oppression. We may be dealing with oppression … Read more

Pain and Praise

But as for me—poor and in pain—
let Your salvation protect me, God.
I will praise God’s name with song
and exalt Him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 69:29-30

When you read through the life and battles of David in 1 & … Read more

Do Not Rely On Your Own Understanding

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways,
and He will guide you on the right paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Life can be overwhelmingly difficult and … Read more

Not an Easy Road

Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.

James 5:11 ESV

The Christian life is not an easy road. Consider our prime example–Jesus. His life began with a “No Vacancy” sign. “And she gave birth to her firstborn son and Read more

Showing Kindness When We Have Been Hurt

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said to one another, “If Joseph is holding a grudge against us, he will certainly repay us for all the suffering we caused him.”

So they sent this message to Read more

Fruitful in the Land of Affliction

God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.

Genesis 41:52

God is sovereign. God is powerful. He can take any situation, no matter how difficult and painful it is, and turn it around for good. God is … Read more

From Suffering to Praise

Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.

Job 13:15 NKJV

These famous words from Job represent the greatest expression of faith in the whole Bible (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest). I thought about them in … Read more