When Pressing on Means Giving Up

I could hear the voices whispering, “Persevere. Don’t give up. You need to press on.” The only problem was I was fairly certain these were the voices of the enemy. I was torn because persistence is something to honor. A sense of despondency and joy burned within me at the thought of ending several lifelong … Continue reading When Pressing on Means Giving Up

The Reward of Sin

Suppose a person were to go to a blacksmith and say to him, 'I want you to make me a long and heavy chain — I will pay you well for it.' The blacksmith, for the sake of the money, commences it; and after toiling hard for some time, finishes it. The person calls, and says on … Continue reading The Reward of Sin

Anchored to the Distant Shore

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the … Continue reading Anchored to the Distant Shore

The Spiritual Pulse of the Renewed Soul

"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens." -Lamentations 3:41 Prayer is the spiritual pulse of the renewed soul; its beat indicates the healthy or unhealthy state of the believer. Just as the physician would decide upon the health of the body from the action of the pulse, so … Continue reading The Spiritual Pulse of the Renewed Soul

Barnabas Brothers

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing." - 1 Thess 5:11 Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul wrote this passage for believers living in a land where they were at odds with the sinful culture around them. He implored with them that, at all … Continue reading Barnabas Brothers

12 Things God Does for the Believer

"Do you love Me?" - John 21:17 Does not Jesus in thus appealing to me, in effect say: For you, I left the realms of glory, and the adoration of ten thousand times ten thousand holy ones! For you, I became incarnate, took on the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness … Continue reading 12 Things God Does for the Believer

Distressed Yet Victorious

And He took with Him Peter and James and John and began to be very distressed and troubled. - Mark 14:33 If our Lord, who was sinless, had times in which He became distressed, how should we who are sinful expect to escape them? There have been many people who have preached what is called the … Continue reading Distressed Yet Victorious

Book Review: Voices From The Past – Puritan Devotional Readings

A good devotional is like a spiritually-minded friend who turns your eyes away from the things of the world and sets them on things above whenever you spend time with them; both are extremely rare. There are too many devotionals these days that are like poorly made junk food. Not only do they lack nourishment, … Continue reading Book Review: Voices From The Past – Puritan Devotional Readings

He Stands Between the Mighty and the Weak

O LORD, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. - 2 Chronicles 14:11 I am weak, oh Lord, and you are mighty. Today, I have been brought low, and in my weakness, I must face the day. The work and responsibilities ahead of me seem daunting. In light of … Continue reading He Stands Between the Mighty and the Weak